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Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister resigns after High Level Defections

  • Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill resigned on Sunday after high-level defections took place from the ruling party. He made the announcement through an email statement. He handed over his powers to former PM Sir Julius Chan and went on to say that transition in leadership will help the country “continue the reform agenda” that they were delivering. O’Neill was in power since 2011. He resigned after the opposition declared on Friday that they have mustered enough support to oust him from power. Though the defections were going on for quite some time now but the last nail in the coffin was the 9 member defection (including 2 ministers). The call for toppling the Peter O’Neill led government gained traction following a questionable gas deal with a French company named Total.