Monday, December 19, 2011

Peter O'Neil Sworn in as Prime Minister

Source: Papua New Guinea Blogs,, Monday, December 19, 2011


Namah and O'Neill sworn in as Legitimate Government
Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio has recognised Peter O'Neill as the legitimate Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.

In a surprising twist of events today, Sir Michael wrote a letter to O'Neill, which was read to Parlaiment today, saying how apologetic he was.  He said both sides must reconcile as soon as possible for the good of the country.

Following that, the O'Neill Cabinet quickly lifted its suspension of Sir Michael as Governor-General. 
O'Neill and his Cabinet are now at Government House meeting with Sir Michael.

Chief Secretary Manasupe Zurenuoc says he recognises Peter O'Neill as the legitimate prime minister of Papua New Guinea and not Sir Michael Somare.  Zurenuoc, who has met both O'Neill and Sir Michael, said while the Supreme Court has restored Sir Michael as prime minister, he did not have the numbers to rule.

"We accept the fact that the Supreme Court has restored Sir Michael Somare as Prime Minister," he said.
"However, in our system of government, the majority rules.  "Despite the court restoring Sir Michael, he is not in control of the government." Zurenuoc today had an urgent meeting with all his department secretaries regarding the current political impasse in PNG.  "I told them to get on with the job of running government," he said.
Photos: Graham Robinson

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