Posted By Staff Reporter
The People’s National Congress Party (PNC) is intact and will beat a vote of no-confidence if it is moved against the Government, says member and Education Minister Nick Kuman.
"We are the largest political party on the floor of parliament today. We also have the constitutional mandate to govern until 2017," he said in a statement yesterday.
The PNC gained the confidence of the electorate and was returned with the highest number of Members of Parliament, compared to any other political party at the 2012 general elections, and was invited by statute to form the Government, Mr Kuman said.
He said the party was joined by a majority of other smaller parties and independent MPs through the Alotau Accord to form the Government under PNC parliamentary leader Peter O’Neill.
Mr Kuman said belief and confidence in PNC, its policies, leadership and structure has led to its establishment as a strong and vibrant political institution with branches and networks throughout our nation, with the largest number membership both in and out of Parliament since Independence.
"A lot of speculation and political manoeuvring has been ongoing since the 30 month grace period on the vote of no-confidence legislation enacted by Parliament was overturned by the Supreme Court.
"I want to say this. I am one of the founders of the PNC Party and I serve one leader who is the Prime Minister and we are managing the current political and economic situation.
"It is my very strong view that the motion of no-confidence provisions of the constitution, since the enactment of the integrity laws, must be applied accordingly within the mandate granted to PNC after the 2012 elections by the Governor-General.
"PNC wants stability at this time, not instability. We are in a rough period," he stated. "brought about by lower than predicted oil and commodity prices, a prolonged El Nino and high cost but necessary infrastructure projects undertaken by our government to underpin future growth, employment creation and integration of our economy and nation."
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