Papua New Guinea prime minister quits after weeks of turmoil

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Papua New Guinea prime minister quits after weeks of turmoilO’Neill had resisted calls to resign for weeks but said recent movements in parliament showed a 'need for change', ABC News reported, handing over the reins of power to former prime minister Sir Julius Chan. Opponents of O'Neill said on Friday they had mustered enough support in parliament to oust him over a range of grievances including a gas deal with France's Total, which critics have questioned. Political instability is something of a fixture in the resource-rich but poverty-stricken South Pacific nation and O'Neill, who has been leader since 2011, has seen off previous attempts to topple him.


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