Prime Minister Marape Addresses No-Confidence Vote as Parliament Resumes

Monday 12 February 2024

 Prime Minister Hon. James Marape today expressed the government’s stance on the potential no-confidence vote against his leadership, as the National Parliament is set to reconvene tomorrow.

Emphasising respect for the democratic process, he, however, criticised what he termed “frivolous and opportunistic” attempts to undermine his administration.

 Prime Minister Marape highlighted the opposition’s intent to propose a no-confidence motion following the expiration of the 18-month grace period last Friday.

 “We will respect those who want to initiate a vote-of no-confidence against my leadership,” he affirmed. Prime Minister Marape underscored the importance of adhering to the due process under Section 145 of the National Constitution, which governs the procedure for a no-confidence vote.

“The due process will facilitate those who want to invoke Section 145 provisions of our National Constitution,” he stated.

The Prime Minister also announced that the Pangu Pati National Convention has urged a closer examination of Section 63, related to the invitation to form a government, and Section 145 of the Constitution.

 This approach aims to ensure that any no-confidence motion is based on substantial grounds rather than being motivated by short-term political gains.

“This is so that only serious proposals emerge instead of ‘frivolous and opportunistic’ attempts,” Prime Minister Marape explained.

 Further, the government plans to reinforce the role of the Parliamentary Opposition, enhancing the democratic dialogue within the legislature.

 In a reassurance to the economic sector, Prime Minister Marape affirmed the stability and longevity of the current government, encouraging the business community and investors to have confidence in the government’s continuity.

 “I assure investors and the business community that the Government is stable and is here to stay,” he said.

Additionally, the Prime Minister appealed to the populace to trust the political process to their elected officials, cautioning against the distractions of social media and public dissent.

“I also urge our people to leave politics to politicians. They must realise that MPs are mandated by their people to be in Parliament, and they should not be wasting time playing politics on social media and on the streets,” he said.

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