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29 May 2019 | 02:28 AM UTC

Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister O’Neill officially resigns May 29 /update 2

Papua New Guinea News Alert

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill formally resigns on May 29; public demonstrations possible in Port Moresby

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/26/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/31/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Port_Moresby). COUNTRY/REGION Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby

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Event

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill announced that he had formally resigned on Wednesday, May 29. O'Neill stated that he had officially delivered his letter of resignation to the governor-general at 09:35 (local time), ending speculation that he would continue to delay leaving office. The resignation is expected to calm some tensions in the country, though public demonstrations are still possible, particularly in Port Moresby. Associated disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected in the event of protests.

Context

Peter O'Neill announced his intent to resign on Sunday, May 26, though later filed a court petition for clarification on a vote on no confidence. O'Neill, who has served as prime minister since 2011, faced increasing political pressure and a vote of no confidence in part due to recent resource extraction agreements. Several high-profile defections from his party prompted the resignation.

Advice

Individuals in Papua New Guinea, particularly Port Moresby, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public gathering as a precaution, anticipate transportation and business disruptions and a heightened security presence in the event of protests, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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