Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill resigns | 2019-05-26

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill resigns

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26th May, 2019 02:29:44 printer

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill resigns

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has resigned following a series of high-level defections from his government to the opposition.

Mr O'Neill, who has been in office for seven years, has faced calls for his resignation for weeks over a range of issues.

But after several more defections on Friday he accepted he did not have the support to continue.

Mr O'Neill, 54, said he would hand over office to former PM Sir Julius Chan.

Sir Julius said he wanted a smooth transition to ensure stability in the South Pacific nation of 7.3 million people.


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