GOV’T DISAPPOINTED WITH OPPOSITION AND INDEPENDENT GROUPS

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    PM Sogavare

    The Democratic Coalition for Change Government is disappointed that the Opposition and Independent Groups in Parliament will not support the Government’ efforts in getting the Anti-Corruption Bill 2016 through Parliament.

    In recent weeks there was bipartisan support for the Anti-Corruption Bill 2016 but that had changed over the weekend when senior MPs within the Opposition and Independent Groups actively working and trying to defeat the Bill for political expediency.

    “The Government feels that due the Opposition and Independent Groups actively trying to defeat the Anti-Corruption Bill 2016 for political convenience, the Government has decided not to move ahead with the tabling of the Bill in Parliament this week. That parliamentary exercise will resume in due course and at a time when both sides of politics see eye-to-eye on the importance of this country having a robust anti-corruption regime in place,” a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet said.

    “We know the people of this nation will be disappointed but unfortunately it will be a futile exercise now if Parliament is to consider the Anti-Corruption Bill 2016 for the reasons stated above,” the statement further stated.