Prime Minister Accepts Marape’s Resignation

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By Scott Waide – EMTV News, Lae


The Prime Minister has accepted James Marape’s verbal resignation from his portfolio of Finance, saying the resignation is unfortunate,  but work must continue.

Responding to the day’s political developments from New Ireland, Peter O’Neill appeared to downplay the significance of the resignation.

He said, Mr. Marape has not spent time with his electorate, and on issues that are close to his people because of his ministerial responsibilities.

“We are all elected as local members first and foremost, and our districts require great attention for us to ensure improved levels of services.”

“I have not heard from the minister today and as a matter of protocol,  I expect he will be in contact soon to convey his intentions.”

Rumours are now rife that there are several other state ministers expected to do the same.

Scott Waide

is the Lae Bureau Chief and began his career with EMTV in 1997 as a News and Sports Reporter and Anchor and has been a media professional for over 19 years. Having previously worked as a Producer and Researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Port Moresby Bureau, he is a recipient of multiple awards including the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Prize in 2005 in Iran for best news feature, the Pacific Island News Association Award and the Divine Word University Media Freedom Award.

Scott Waide

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