After a Chaotic Election, Papua New Guinea’s Government Must Prove Its Credibility

People gather at an election rally in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, June 21, 2017 (Photo by Eric Tlozek for ABC via AP).
People gather at an election rally in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, June 21, 2017 (Photo by Eric Tlozek for ABC via AP).

After an election marred by violence and accusations of fraud earlier this summer, Papua New Guinea’s incumbent prime minister, Peter O’Neill, returned to lead the government amid lingering allegations of corruption. With average Papua New Guineans ready for the government to tackle the numerous problems facing their country, O’Neill will have 18 months before his opponents can challenge him again. In an email interview, Jonathan Pryke, a research fellow and director of the Australia-Papua New Guinea Network at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, discusses the context and turmoil of the latest elections, why people are ready to move forward, and […]

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