Namah calls for PNG to re­move PM

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Port Moresby: The Pa­pua New Guinea op­po­si­tion MP who launched the suc­cess­ful chal­lenge to the Manus Is­land asy­lum-seeker de­ten­tion cen­tre has called for the re­moval of the Prime Min­is­ter Peter O’Neill.

In 2014, the then op­po­si­tion leader Belden Namah chal­lenged the deal be­tween Aus­tralia and PNG to open the Manus cen­tre for off­shore pro­cess­ing of asy­lum-seek­ers who had tried to reach Aus­tralia. PNG’s Supreme Court last month ruled that the Manus ar­range­ment was il­le­gal. Mr Namah said the rul­ing nearly three weeks ago showed that Mr O’Neill at­tempted to van­dalise and com­pro­mise PNG’s con­sti­tu­tion to serve the pol­icy in­ter­ests of a for­eign gov­ern­ment. While the prime min­is­ter de­clared fol­low­ing the rul­ing that the cen­tre would be closed, the gov­ern­ments of PNG and Aus­tralia have yet to set­tle on what to do with the asy­lum-seek­ers and refugees still on Manus. Mr Namah said he was giv­ing the PNG and Aus­tralian gov­ern­ments three months to close down the fa­cil­ity. Fur­ther­more, he has called on Mr O’Neill to re­sign due to what he de­scribes as mount­ing gov­er­nance and eco­nomic crises.

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