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ELLIOT RAPHAEL | NBC News PNG

AS OF YESTERDAY, 13 former members of the Papua New Guinea parliament had re-emerged from the political wilderness to once again find themselves eligible to sit on the padded leather seats of the Haus Tambaran in Port Moresby.

Most of the re-emergent members (missing from action for between 5 and 15 years) previously lost their seats in the time honoured way of getting insufficient votes; although a few had a run in with the law and been disqualified.

And, apart from the lucky 13, there were even more former MP's who came close to pulling off a renaissance, finishing in the first top three.

Meanwhile, there are several more who may yet win seats where the counting continues.

Those who'd made it back as of yesterday were Charlie Bemjamin, Ben Micah, Mao Zeming, Ludwig Shulze, Tommy Tomscholl, Titus Philemon, Jim Kas, Dr Fabian Pok, Ron Ganarafo, Bire Kimisop, Jimmy Simatab and of course the Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

It just goes to show that you should never say never in politics.

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