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PORT MORESBY:With the 2017 General Elections looming, the Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye’s Triumph Heritage Empowerment(T.H.E.) Party is set to fare much better.
PNG’s tourism hub town Madang saw an influx of T.H.E. Party executives and supporters from the length and breadth of the Momase region over the weekend to host its regional T.H.E. Party caucus.
The Opposition Leader with his deputy party leader of Momase and Rai Coast MP Hon. James Gau, Lae MP and newly-appointed Vice Parliamentary Leader of T.H.E. Party Hon. Loujaya Kouza all received a rousing welcome by T.H.E. Party executives and locals dressed in traditional attire at the Madang Airport.
With the election in mind, THE Party’s Momase branch held its convention over the weekend.
After its formation in 2012, a few months just before the general elections, T.H.E. Party recorded a victory of 14 seats, including two femalesa first in the political history of PNG. With its existence for more than five years into the next elections, Mr Polye said his party would endeavour to fare much better this time.
Now T.H.E. Party is set to outperform its history by way of carrying out post mortems and to take a rebound by dusting off its mistakes to position itself as that party.
When formally welcoming her to the party, Mr Gau described Ms Kouza’s move as manly, saying she had paved the way for more MPs in the government to join the Opposition to form a new government.
He said that this government would be godly, restore the rule of law, corruption-free and respect the independence of three arms of government and constitutional offices.
The Opposition Leader thanked the people of Momase through their representatives for having the confidence in him to take up the highest post through the Vote of No-confidence against the PM moved recently by the PanguPati leader and his deputy Hon. Sam Basil.
He said the nomination was seconded by Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare in the presence ofSir Julias Chan.
Polye said in his bid to support the founding fathers and others to be nominated as the alternative PM in the motion of no-confidence but he said they had the confidence in him to be the next Prime Minister of PNG.
He added that during the political life of Sir Michael, he didnot ever put down his signature for any other MPs or even his own son to be the PM, saying him humbly doing so was a vote of confidence in Polye to lead the country.
With the inclusion of Lae MP teaming up with T.H.E. Partyto show Momase’s solidarity in the Opposition’s bid to overthrow Mr O’Neill was something, he said, was a blessing to him.
Polye said Ms Kouza’s exodus from the ruling party PNC was recorded as the first of its kind in the political history of PNG, adding all the MPs always fear losing their comfort of indulging in materialism and funds in the government faction.
The Lae MP said for someone from the Highlands rolling out a red-carpet for her after exiting from the government and in that offering his vice parliamentary leadership to her was something that was absent in other political parties.
In the meeting Mrs Avil Michael of Morobe province was nominated unopposed as the regional member of T.H.E. Party’s board.
Among the elections of provincial coordinators, the other regional executive positions saw Michael Ikau of East Sepik elected as the national vice president succeeding Madang businessman John Buri, Wewak Town Mayor Hon. Charles
Malingi as Treasurer and former journalist Philip Dowa of Morobe as the general secretary.
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