New judge to hear NA party leadership vow

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The National, Thursday 24th November 2011

THE National Alliance party’s leadership dispute which came before Justice Royale Thompson at the Waigani National Court will be heard by another judge next Wednesday.
Thompson, who will be taking her annual leave soon, directed the lawyers to confirm next Tuesday at the court registry which judge would be hearing the matter and where and when the matter would be heard.
The matter is between Treasury and Finance Minister Don Polye and NA party president Simon Kaiwi with the NA executives.
Polye is seeking to stop his suspension as announced in the media by Kaiwi recently.
Kandep MP Polye who heads the NA’s highlands bloc, seeks the court to stop the party’s national executives directive to suspend him as a member and leader of the NA party.
Polye is also seeking to stop the suspension of the other NA members who are now within the current government, stating that Kaiwi had suspended them all from the NA membership.
Polye is also seeking the recognition by the court of his overall NA party leadership appointment which would effectively remove the position from Sir Michael Somare who is the original founder and party leader.