AS readers turned to PNG Attitude in the post-election turbulence (graph), SirMereke Morauta said a third independent politician has aligned with him to “play a leading role in the election of prime minister and formation of a new government” in Papua New Guinea.
South Fly MP-elect Sekie Agisa joins PNG’s first Airbus pilot and Rigo MP-elect, Captain Lekwa Gure, and leading businessman and Central governor-elect Robert Agarobe in aligning with the former prime minister in an Alliance grouping that looks increasingly credible.
Sir Mekere has urged like-minded parties and independent MPs to work together to prevent Peter O’Neill from leading the country for another term.
“Independents should remain independent to maintain flexibility and move at the right time rather than committing themselves too early only to find that they have made the wrong choice later on,” he said.
“As a group, independents have greater bargaining power than individuals trying to strike deals for themselves on their own.”
Sir Mekere is confident that the anti-O’Neill MPs and parties have the numbers to form government.