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PNG Politics : Prime Ministers Post up for grabs, says Julius Chan

Sir Julius Chan today stated that he has and is not Acting Prime Minister and although honoured to be considered as the Governments alternate when the resignation of the PM takes place.

“I have not been designated any Ministerial role by Peter O’Neill”.

Sir Julius said there had been a huge misunderstanding concerning yesterday’s press conference.

Julius Chan
First, the existing Prime Minister has no power to nominate a new Prime Minister of his choice, Peter O’Neill simply designated me the provisional caretaker of the Government Coalition,” Sir Julius said.

“Peter O’Neill is doing the honourable thing – he is respecting the desires of the people, of the country, and stepping down.  He simply asked me to help by maintaining order among the members of the coalition and helping the coalition to work with all parliamentary members to make a wise and uniting decision concerning who should become the next Prime Minister.”

Sir Julius said that he was not seeking to become Prime Minister.

“It is kind of funny,” Sir Julius said.

“I have been approached by both Opposition and Government sides to consider becoming Prime Minister, but I have not been seeking the job.

I do not need the job, frankly.  I have plenty of work to do in New Ireland.

I am Governor of my Province and legally remain so unless I am called to take up a post at the National level and sworn in as such. ”

But, he says, if he is called, then he will serve.

“If we are honest,” Sir J said,”

We have to admit the country is facing huge problems,  If the members of Parliament – and I mean both Opposition and Government – feel I can contribute to dealing with those problems over the next year or two, then I am willing to do whatever I am asked to do to help make that happen.”

Sir Julius concluded by saying:  “I want to be very clear – this is not a position I am seeking,  However,   I love Papua New Guinea, and there is a desperate need right now to unite the country, to heal our wounds, and to make the wealth of this country work to the benefit of the people of this country.

If my knowledge and experience can be of use in that process, then I will do whatever I am asked to do in the service of our beloved country,  including declining the top post to someone better suited to take up the Prime Minister Post''


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