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James Marape Elected PNG’s Prime Minister, After O’Neill Resigns

It was Mr Marape's resignation as Finance Minister seven weeks ago which triggered a series of defections from Mr O'Neill's party and the coalition government.
30 May 2019 14:45
James Marape Elected PNG’s Prime Minister, After O’Neill Resigns
James Marape has been elected as Papua New Guinea’s prime minister.

James Marape has been elected as Papua New Guinea’s prime minister.

MPs elected Mr Marape in a parliamentary vote this morning following the resignation of Peter O’Neill as prime minister yesterday.

Today’s vote is the culmination of a month of political ructions in Port Moresby.

It was Mr Marape’s resignation as Finance Minister seven weeks ago which triggered a series of defections from Mr O’Neill’s party and the coalition government.

Pressure on Mr O’Neill to resign intensified last week when more key allies deserted him, and he lost his parliamentary majority after seven and a half years in power.



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