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PNG Politics : Marape Steps down, VoNC withdrawn

The alternative government's Prime Minister candidate James Marape  has stepped down as the nominee for the prime ministers post and consequently the Opposition has withdrawn the vote of no confidence motion  against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. This was announced in a media conference today.

The Opposition  Leader, Patrick Pruaitch, says the decision was reached after a consensus was reached between all factions of the  Laguna camp.

“In so far as the vote of no confidence in concerned, we have decided,   and I as the mover of the motion, have written to the clerk to withdraw  the motion with the concurrence of our prime ministerial nominee, James Marape,”  Patrick Pruaitch said.

James Marape also released a separate statement saying his decision to step down was made in consultation with other members of the group.

“Circumstances leading up to the 7th of May 2019 caused the 50 Members of Parliament on the Opposition side to elect me as the alternate Prime Minister through Melanesian consensus.  But the country is bigger then just me.

“When I resigned from being a Finance Minister from O’Neill cabinet, I did not do it to be Prime Minister but in my lost of faith in present Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to continue leading our country.”

Both decisions come  eight days before parliament reconvenes.

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