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).]]>