There is no way that the Western States will allow a pro-China Government in Port Moresby. The Parliamentary coup that overthrew Somare, surprised everyone in PNG. What was even more surprising is that the West was quick to embrace Prime Minister O’Neil instead of condemning the coup as is the usual mantra of the West.
Regardless of what your personal views have been regarding the Judiciary, what we’ve seen from the Courts is the discharge of its Constitutional duties. Our Supreme Court can best be described as being very Nationalistic.
The decision by the Supreme Court to end neo-colonization by Australia under the guise of the Enhanced Cooperation Program (ECP) was perhaps a second Declaration of Independence by Papua New Guinea. In one sense Papua New Guinea stamped its independence and set the rules of engagement with Australia as opposed to the usual situation of things being shoved down PNG’s throat by Australia.
In one sense the Courts have been truly Independent by virtue of the fact that the People are the Fountain of Justice from which the Courts gain authority. Parliament and the Executive still have to gain final approval from the Representative of the Queen of England, even if that approval is symbolic. The Courts however are Supreme in the Land and they reflect the true meaning of independence.
Thus having recently ruled that the election of Prime Minister O’Neil was illegal, the Supreme Court once again stamped PNGs independence from its former colonial power. Unfortunately for the Court, it restored to power a regime that is hated by a majority of Papua New Guineans.
For the West, the problem with the Somare regime is called China. For Papua New Guineans, the problem with the Somare regime is called Berthur (Bertha + Arthur = Somare Family). With popular support and the consent of Parliament along with strong support from western governments, the O’Neil-Namah Government is set to rule.
I’m sure the folks at Murray Barracks understand this geopolitical standoff here in PNG. The Army therefore refused to obey a Three-Month Call Out order from Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio.
What we’re experiencing are the side-effects of REGIME CHANGE. “Regime Change”, sounds familiar?
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