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Intense lobbying underway as MPs prepare to vote new PM

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The next 24 hours is  crucial for  Papua New Guinea as members of parliament prepare for vote to decide on the  country’s  next Prime Minister.
 
This follows Peter O’Neill’s  announcement of his resignation this morning in Parliament
 
Intense lobbying has already begun with many of the former government MPs flocking  from Laguna Hotel to Crown Hotel.  Some of the key players who moved in recent days returned to Crown in preparation for a news conference that is yet to happen.
 
EMTV journalists following the developments  report there has been a split in the Laguna camp. 
 
There also appears to be a third camp  of MPs led by James Marape, who will gather at the Grand  Papua Hotel – They include defectors from the People’s National Congress Party.
 
The key players  who have already arrived at Crown Hotel include Hagen MP, William Duma,  Gazelle MP, Jelta Wong,  New Ireland Governor, Sir Julius Chan and  Enga Governor, Peter Ipatas.
 
Earlier today, tempers flared at the Laguna camp  after  William Duma  tried to leave the hotel premises with Jelta Wong.  It is understood, those present were unhappy about him leaving.  Lae MP, John Rosso, stood in and  spoke to the group who then let Duma out of the gates.
 
The Names that are being tossed around as possible candidates for Prime Minister include  James Marape (Pangu), Charles Abel (PNC), Sir Julius Chan (PPP), William Duma (URP), Sir Peter Ipatas (PP) and Kerenga Kua (NP).
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