Sir Michael: NA is fine

National, Normal

PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare has shrugged off suggestions that the National Alliance (NA) party is divided.
Sir Michael said from Wewak yesterday that the party had grown from strength to strength and its members had every right to use the provisions of the party constitution to sort out their internal issues.
“None of the members of the NA have indicated that they want to leave the party.
“You will see next week when Parliament sits that Opposition leader Sir Mekere Morauta has again caused unnecessary anxiety among Opposition MPs.
“All coalition parties have pledged their continued support to the Government, including factions within the Opposition.
“It is unwarranted at this time to cause political instability when we are experiencing unprecedented expansion and development in our economy,” the Prime Minister said.
Sir Michael said traditionally, the role of politicians was to make policies and legislative changes through Parliament.
“Today however, the expectations are that MPs must also implement delivery of these policies and effect changes at all levels.
“This expectation adds more burden to members, especially ministers, who also have to deal with their electoral responsibilities.
“It’s hard work and challenging and we all know this when we choose to run for office.
“We in the NA have come this far and will continue to work together in the interest of PNG.
“I can assure the people of Papua New Guinea that the NA with its coalition partners will remain in Government until 2012,” Sir Michael said.