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  1. Michelle Nayahamui Rooney
    Michelle Nayahamui Rooney June 26, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Thanks Tess.

    I do agree that political compromise will be domestic. Political compromise will be both about sorting out rifts within the State institutions – legal, police etc as well as balancing the various ethnic and provincial affiliations/interests in PNG. And to highlight this, today’s PNG Post courier has the following story on response from Chimbu province where a number of the prominent players in the PNG “Game of Thrones” hail from.

    This group is based in Kundiawa the provincial centre of Chimbu province and the key political leverage here is the threat to close down the Highlands Highway.

    The article reads:

    “…The people of Chimbu have given an ultimatum of 48 hours to Peter O’Neill to resign as Prime Minister.

    In a protest rally in Kundiawa yesterday they threatened to block the Highlands Highway as of tomorrow afternoon if Mr O’Neill failed to resign or step aside to allow police to interview him on the K71.8 million Paul Paraka payout.

    The people, led by pressure group Voice Of Chimbu, also called on the Prime Minister to consider reinstating Sir Tom Kulunga, Simon Kauba, Kerenga Kua, Thomas Eluh and Sam Koim, and the Task Force Sweep…”

    And in the meantime police appear to be struggling to contain momentum for public protest but we wait and see how the day unfolds.

    1. Tess Newton Cain
      Tess Newton Cain June 26, 2014 at 11:12 am

      And meanwhile at the National Court, there have been some very hasty new appointments to the judiciary…

  2. Tess Newton Cain
    Tess Newton Cain June 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Thanks Michelle for this insightful analysis which provides some really important context and highlights that in PNG (as in Fiji) the final determinants of power relations are domestic rather than external. I also think that your analysis plus other comments from Bal Kama indicate that the major constitutional damage that we witnessed in 2011/12 prior to the elections was never properly resolved and some of that is coming back into play.

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