Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Peter O'Neill becomes Papua New Guinea's new Prime Minister

Peter O'Neill, the IALIBU-Pangia MP is the new prime minister, winning by an overwhelming 70-24 votes in a surprise election orchestrated by the opposition in parliament yesterday as reported by the media in Papua New Guinea as well as other news agencies around the world.

Although Prime Minister O'Neill was sworn into office by the Governor General Sir Michael Ogio late yesterday afternoon, the ousted Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal claims that the election of the Prime Minister by Parliament was illegal because there was no vacancy in the Prime Minister's post and proper parliamentary procedures were not followed. The political events yesterday in Port Moresby has clearly demonstrated that Papua New Guinea is truely the land of the unexpected!

Source: ABC News Australia