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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill stepped down Sunday handing over the leadership to former prime minister Sir Julius Chan.
“I am announcing today (Sunday) that I am stepping down as the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.
“Through nearly eight years as the Prime Minister of this great country, we have delivered a policy agenda that has changed the Nation for the better.
“In consultation with Coalition Government partners, we have decided to ask Sir Julius Chan to lead the team in Government for the remainder of this term of Parliament.
“I intend to visit to the Governor-General this week to clear the way for the Parliament to vote for the next Prime Minister.
“It is my view that what our country needs right now is a continuation of the stability that we have provided since 2011,” PM O’Neill said in a statement.
“The point must be made very clearly that this is not a change of Government, it is the continuation of a Government agenda that has changed our Nation for the better.
“It is a continuation of the objectives we established, the policies we advanced and the goals we set.
“We have delivered on our promises of freed education, universal healthcare, improved law and order and we have dramatically improved the infrastructure around our country.
“This next stage of Government is all about experience over experiment, and there is no way that I could stand by and allow the Opposition to come into Government with their dangerous mix of wild ideas.
“We have a new leader of our Government Coalition in Sir Julius Chan, and he is a Leader that I hold in the highest accord.
“As one of our founding Fathers, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as Prime Minister that will lead our country to the 2022 elections.
“This change of leadership is in the best interests of our country so that we can continue the reform agenda that we have been delivering.
“Ultimately in public life we are all here to serve the people of Papua New Guinea, that goes for myself and every Member of Parliament, and we must never lose sight of why we were elected in the first place.
“I have been honoured to serve the men, women and children of our country as their Prime Minister since 2011, and I will continue to serve our Nation so long as our people require my service,” he said.
SOURCE: ACNEWS/PNG PM OFFICE
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