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WorldPapua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill resigns

08:00  26 may  2019
08:00  26 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has resigned.

After seven years in the top job Mr O'Neill told a media conference in Port Moresby that recent movements in Parliament have shown a "need for change".

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill resigns© Provided by ABC News Peter O'Neill said recent movements in Papua New Guinea's Parliament have shown a "need for change". He has handed over leadership to Sir Julius Chan.

The announcement follows weeks of high profile defections from his Government to the Opposition.

On Friday, one of Mr O'Neill's key coalition allies abandoned him.

The Opposition bloc has since been saying it has 62 MPs in its camp, which would give it a majority in parliament.

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The resignation will be formalised when he visits the Governor-General.

Earlier this month, the PNG Prime Minister staved off an attack on his leadership by adjourning the country's Parliament for three weeks ahead of a planned vote of no confidence in him.

Despite insisting it would have a majority, the Opposition bloc that was trying to oust Mr O'Neill fell short of the numbers.

Having resisted calls to resign for weeks, Mr O'Neill has now accepted that he no longer has the support to maintain his leadership.

More to come.

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