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WorldPapua New Guinea PM formally resigns amid political turmoil

04:50  29 may  2019
04:50  29 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill Suddenly Resigns

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill Suddenly Resigns Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has resigned, his Australian counterpart confirmed. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported he will hand over leadership to Julius Chan, citing comments at a media conference in Port Moresby. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “Peter has been a passionate servant of his country,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters on Sunday in Canberra.

Papua New Guinea is braced for a political reckoning after a tumultuous week that has seen prime minister Peter O’Neill’s resignation came amid accusations that he holds Australian citizenship, which would Peter O’Neill: Papua New Guinea 's PM investigated over Australian citizenship claims.

Papua New Guinea , a resource-rich but poverty-stricken nation, has been facing political turmoil for years. There had been several attempts to oust O'Neill's resignation will formally be approved by Governor General Bob Dadae, the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Papua New Guinea .

Papua New Guinea PM formally resigns amid political turmoil Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill speaks at the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images) SYDNEY, May 29 (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea's prime minister, Peter O'Neill, has formally resigned, he said on Wednesday.

"At 9.35 a.m. this morning I delivered to his excellency...the governor-general, my letter of resignation," he said in parliament at Port Moresby, the capital.

O'Neill had promised to resign on Sunday after a string of defections from his government plunged his leadership in to question last week and cost him his parliamentary majority.

(Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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