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Papua New Guinea PM formally resigns amid political turmoil

Papua New Guinea PM formally resigns amid political turmoil
FILE PHOTO: Papua New Guinea's then Prime Minister Peter O'Neill makes an address to the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/File Photo   -   Copyright  Tim Wimborne(Reuters)
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Peter O’Neill, has formally resigned, he said on Wednesday.

“At 9.35 a.m. this morning I delivered to his excellency…the governor-general, my letter of resignation,” he said in parliament at Port Moresby, the capital.

O’Neill had promised to resign on Sunday after a string of defections from his government plunged his leadership in to question last week and cost him his parliamentary majority.

(Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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