By STAFF REPORTERS
THE Opposition has filed a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister James Marape, with Parliament’s Private Business Committee expected to determine tomorrow whether it should be tabled in the House.
The committee members, all Opposition MPs except for Speaker Job Pomat who is chairman, are expected to forward their decision to clerk Kala Aufa who will circulate it all MPs as soon as possible.
The Opposition MPs have also named Aitape-Lumi MP Patrick Pruaitch as their nominee for prime minister if the motion of no confidence is approved.
Aufa told The National yesterday the motion, moved by Opposition Leader Belden Namah and seconded by Abau MP Sir Puka Temu, was signed by 13 Opposition as required by the Standing Orders.
He confirmed that committee chairman Pomat received it at 2.15pm yesterday.
He said the committee meeting day as per the Standing Orders was Wednesday (tomorrow).
But he said everything would depend on whether the clarification by the court on Kerowagi MP Bari Palma’s status as an MP was received by then.
Parliament sat yesterday as per an order by the Supreme Court last week but was adjourned by Pomat as he wanted to deal with Palma’s case first.
There were 53 MPs in the Opposition and 52 on the Government side in the House yesterday.
Pruaitch yesterday thanked the Opposition team for its support for him.
“I thank the different parties in the Opposition who like my members in the National Alliance Party moved on Friday Nov 13 to change our current political course.”
On Sunday, the 55 Opposition MPs faced two nominees for prime minister – Pruaitch and Bulolo MP Sam Basil.
Pruaitch got 27 votes to Basil’s 24.
Four MPs did not vote. Ialibu-Pangia MP Peter O’Neill and Opposition Leader Belden Namah abstained from voting because of their friendship with both men. One MP was in hospital and another was away for personal reasons.
Pruaitch is confident that the Opposition would change the government within the short period of time because of the wealth of experience among its members.
By STAFF REPORTERS