PNG’s Political Crisis – A Twitter Conversation

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 is the coming of age of Twitter in Papua New Guinea. Prior to that day, and more specifically, the events of the day – PNG had never registered on Twitter Trends Map, let alone start trending in Australia’s Twitterverse.

Courtesy of what will go down in history as being the most perplexing and unprecedented developments in any Constitutional crisis in the Commonwealth to date, the ongoing dispute between Sir Michael Somare and Hon. Peter O’Neill as to whom is the legitimate Prime Minister, has helped put PNG on the Twitter map.

Over the course of what is now Day 4 of the Constitutional Crisis, I have been following and reporting on the developments on my Twitter Feed. The complexities of the context of how PNG has found itself with two Governors-General, two Prime Ministers, two Cabinets, two Police Commissioners and two Finance Secretaries are difficult to explain via Twitter.

If you add to the brew that the Supreme Court ruling, the powers of the Governor General, Parliament’s response to these interactions, and the different interpretations of the events by each of us, the situation is quite difficult to explain via Twitter.

I had one such conversation with one of my Tweeps, Matt Andrews:

 

 

 

~ by Tavurvur on December 15, 2011.

3 Responses to “PNG’s Political Crisis – A Twitter Conversation”

  1. Hahaha nice one!

  2. “The complexities of the context of how PNG has found itself with two Governors-General, two Prime Ministers, two Cabinets, two Police Commissioners and two Finance Secretaries are difficult to explain via Twitter…”

    I’m not sure you could do it justice in an email or a blog post. Maybe a blog series?

    I really enjoy reading your site – I’m not at all familiar with PNG but what I learn comes strictly from you.🙂

  3. Hi Victoria,

    Yes – you’re quite right! It would be challenging to do so in a blog post, let alone Twitter.

    Thank you for reading my site – hopefully I’m doing my little bit in helping all of you out there understand a bit more about our country.

    Cheers,
    T&D

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