Business as usual as O’Neill easily survives PNG no-confidence vote

The Papua New Guinea Parliament today ... resounding win for Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. Image: EMTV

By Freddy Mou in Port Moresby

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill easily survived as national leader of Papua New Guinea today by winning the parliamentary no-confidence vote by 85 to 21.

After a battle of words from both sides of the House, Speaker Theo Zurenuoc called for the vote to be taken.

The Opposition argued that the Speaker did not give them the chance to debate on the issues but moved quickly to vote for the motion.

O’Neill will now remain Prime Minister until the national elections next year.

Parliament has been adjourned to August 9.

It was business as usual in the capital today after the vote was taken in Parliament, Loop PNG reports.

Buses, taxis normal
PMV buses and taxis were operating normal throughout the city.

The private-owned vehicles are the lifeline of the city because the  majority of Port Moresby’s  residents rely on them for transport.

Shops remained open and residents either watched  TV  or listened to radio broadcasts anticipating the outcome of the vote against Prime Minister O’Neill.

However, schools around the vicinity of Parliament were closed as a precaution measure.

National Capital District police chief Benjamin Turi called on the public to respect the rule of law.

Freddy Mou is a senior journalist with Loop PNG.

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