Opposition Leader, Joseph Lelang has resigned as Leader of the Opposition and also as a member of the People’s National Congress party.
This shocking announcement comes after Mr. Lelang received huge backlash from the public through social media for not attending media conferences staged by the members of the Opposition.
The member for Kandrian-Gloucester made the announcement in a media conference this afternoon in Port Moresby.
His resignation comes on the eve of the first Parliament sitting for 2024 and as MPs from the government tender their resignations to join the Opposition.
Mr Lelang says his resignation is due to the fact that he had been left out of discussions of political leaders who have resigned from the government and his absence from media conferences as the opposition leader.
He says he had considered his decision long and hard before taking this action.
Mr Lelang will not be moving to another party, but rather be sitting at the opposition backbench of parliament.
His resignation now leaves the Opposition Leader’s post vacant, giving space for the opposition to choose the next leader who hopes to become the nominee for the post of Prime Minister in the Motion of No Confidence that is expected to be introduced during this week.