BRYAN KRAMER MP
PORT MORESBY - Today Prime Minister Peter O'Neill was forced to resign, announcing his resignation on the floor of Parliament.
Was it expected?
Short answer is yes.
I had expected the resignation to be next Thursday 6 June, the date the notice of motion was to be tabled and voted on.
Having no other option, and to avoid the humiliation of being voted out of office, I expected O'Neill would instead resign in an effort to dislodge the opposition's notice of motion.
Following O’Neill’s announcement, James Marape moved his 27 members from parliament to set up camp at the Grand Papua Hotel with the likes of Peter Ipatas and his Peoples Party.
While many around the country are feeling distressed following publication of the pictures of Marape seen standing with O'Neill, he has his own camp and will most likely be the only nominee today.
So what now?
Parliament will reconvene 10am today and James Marape will be nominated and elected as the next prime minister of Papua New Guinea.
What about Peter O'Neill?
Now that he has been dislodged from the office of prime minister he can expect to face criminal prosecution.
Interesting times ahead....