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Sir Julius – “I am not Acting Prime Minister”

“I have not been designated any Ministerial role by Peter O’Neill”.

Sir Julius Chan stated today that he has is not Acting Prime Minister, although honoured to be considered as the Governments alternative when the resignation of the PM takes place. “The existing Prime Minister has no power to nominate a new Prime Minister of his choice, Peter O’Neill simply designated me the provisional caretaker of the Government Coalition” “I want to be very clear – this is not a position I am seeking, However, I love Papua New Guinea, and there is a desperate need right now to unite the country, to heal our wounds, and to make the wealth of this country work to the benefit of the people of this country. The New Ireland Governor commended Peter O’Neill for taking, what he feels is necessary for Papua New Guinea by announcing his intentions. “He is respecting the desires of the people, of the country, and stepping down. He simply asked me to help by maintaining order among the members of the coalition and helping the coalition to work with all parliamentary members to make a wise and uniting decision concerning who should become the next Prime Minister.” The 79 year old politician, says he has been approached by both factions as a potential candidate for the nation’s top job.

“I do not need the job, frankly. I have plenty of work to do in New Ireland. I am Governor of my Province and legally remain so unless I am called to take up a post at the National level and sworn in as such. ”

But, Sir J says, if he is called, then he will serve. “If we are honest, we have to admit the country is facing huge problems, If the members of Parliament – and I mean both Opposition and Government – feel I can contribute to dealing with those problems over the next year or two, then I am willing to do whatever I am asked to do to help make that happen.” Sir Julius Chan has been involved in PNG politics since the late 1960s and served as Prime Minister on two occasions from 1980-1982 and 1994 – 1997.]]>

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