Wednesday, May 30, 2012

O'Neill sworn in as PNG prime minister

By  Eoin Blackwell
AAP Papua New Guinea Correspondent
Peter O'Neill has been sworn in as Papua New Guinea's prime minister, ending a three-hour standoff with the acting governor-general, who had refused to conduct the ceremony.

Peter O'Neill
It was the third time Mr O'Neill, 46, has been sworn in as prime minister since he controversially took office from Sir Michael Somare on August 2 last year.
Earlier on Wednesday, acting governor-general Jeffery Nape refused to swear in Mr O'Neill, telling him he needed to study documentation from parliament.
An ally of Mr Nape, deputy speaker Francis Marus, earlier tried to stop Mr O'Neill from nominating for the post.
Mr O'Neill's deputy, Belden Namah, threatened to move a motion of dissent and Mr Marus relented.
Mr O'Neill was elected unopposed on a vote of 56-0.

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