Papua New Guinea PM Peter O’Neill tries to stall personal resignation

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill speaks during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby in November 2018Picture copyright

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Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has been in energy since 2011

Papua New Guinea’s embattled prime minister seems to be trying to stall his personal resignation, days after he introduced he was stepping down.

Peter O’Neill informed reporters on Sunday he was going at hand energy over within the curiosity of “political stability”.

The choice adopted a sequence of high-level defections to the opposition.

However Mr O’Neill has but to formally hand in his resignation, and launched a bid to dam a no-confidence vote in his authorities with the Supreme Court docket.

What’s extra, the ally he mentioned he would hand energy to – Sir Julius Chan – has now mentioned it was a “enormous misunderstanding” and he wouldn’t turn into prime minister.

Sir Julius, a former prime minister, informed The Guardian that “the prevailing prime minister has no energy to appoint a brand new prime minister”.

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Mr O’Neill’s management has been beneath stress over a spread of points, together with a multi-billion-dollar fuel undertaking signed this yr with French firm Whole and the US agency ExxonMobil.

Though the undertaking would nearly double PNG’s fuel exports, native communities have raised fears that they are going to be excluded from the advantages.

An try by the opposition to carry a no-confidence vote earlier this month was stalled after the federal government adjourned parliament for a number of weeks.

However with parliament reconvening on Tuesday, opposition figures warned they might press forward with plans to topple Mr O’Neill – who has been in energy since 2011.

If he does formally resign, MPs will get to decide on a brand new prime minister. The opposition says it has sufficient help to kind a brand new authorities.

The courtroom has mentioned it’s going to hear Mr O’Neill’s problem on Friday.

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