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AUCKLAND - Five members of Papua New Guinea's government have resigned from the party of prime minister Peter O'Neill.
Influential Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas is among those resigning from the People's National Congress.
Five government MPs, including four from the same resource rich Highlands region where Peter O'Neill is from, held a press conference late this morning in Port Moresby.
Sir Peter was flanked by the governors of Southern Highlands and Hela provinces, William Powi and Philip Undialu and two other MPs.
They announced their resignation from PNC, the party which has dominated PNG politics for the past several years.
It's the latest sign that Mr O'Neill's support is collapsing and the government could soon change, and follows the resignation of two high level government ministers earlier this month.
Mr O'Neill is currently in Beijing with a government delegation, attending China's Belt and Road global forum.
PNG's parliamentary opposition is planning on tabling a motion of no-confidence against the prime minister when parliament resumes next month.