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Sunday, May 26, 2019, 16:33
Papua New Guinea prime minister resigns after 7 years
By Associated Press
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 16:33 By Associated Press

In this Nov 14, 2018 file photo, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill gestures after inspecting the APEC 2018 International Media Center at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. O'Neill has resigned on May 26, 2019, after seven years on the job. (AARON FAVILA / AP)

PORT MORESBY — Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has resigned after seven years on the job.

His announcement Sunday follows weeks of high profile defections from his government to the opposition.

Former prime minister and current member of parliament, Sir Julius Chan, will take over the leadership from O'Neill

O'Neill said in a news conference in the capital of Port Moresby that recent movements in parliament have shown a "need for change."

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He handed over his leadership to a former prime minister and current member of parliament, Sir Julius Chan.

On Friday, one of O Neill's key coalition allies abandoned him. The opposition bloc has since been saying it has 62 lawmakers in its camp, which would give it a majority in parliament.

The resignation will be formalized when O'Neill visits the governor-general, the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II.


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