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In Focus Papua New Guinea Reconciliation replaces bitter feelings After an unseemly period of competition between two rivals for high offi ce, Papua New Guinea made a fresh start with its elections of mid-2012 and there are hopes of achieving greater political stability as the new prime minister vows to tackle corruption in a move to turn around the country’s economic fortunes Chris Pritchard Ruling without a guaranteed parliamentary Papua New Guinea’s shaky reputation for wrongfully dismissed and that he was still majority has been a hazard of political life political stability and to start to tackle its in charge. for all Papua New Guinea’s prime ministers endemic corruption. After a diffi cult stand-off, which put the since independence in 1975, and the current In late 2011, the country was in the bi- parliament at odds with the Supreme Court, incumbent, Peter O’Neill, is no exception. zarre political situation of having two prime O’Neill managed to prevail, and the elec- His initial rise to offi ce in 2011, followed ministers. Although O’Neill had been cho- tions fi nally resolved the matter in his fa- by his success in the latest elections of June/ sen by parliament while his predecessor, vour. Once it was clear that his People’s July 2012, all in all amounted to an unusu- Sir Michael Somare, was having prolonged National Congress Party had won 27 seats, ally tricky initiation, but this may at least medical treatment in Singapore and was more than any other party in the 111-mem- have helped to consolidate his authority. considered unfi t to rule, once Somare re- ber parliament, O’Neill was able to per- O’Neill now says he hopes to enhance turned home he asserted that he’d been suade Somare’s National Alliance Party, 72 lwww.global-briefing.org first quarter 2013global


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