PNG PM O’Neill accepts resignation of Attorney General Davis Stevens

Peter O'Neill accepts the resignation of his Attorney General. Picture: POST COURIER

PORT MORESBY, 19 APRIL 2019 (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea Attorney General and Justice Minister Davis Stevens has resigned as the country’s legal advisor.

In a press conference late Thursday, Minister Stevens said he wanted to concentrate in his electorate because for too long he has neglected his people.

He said he is still a member of the ruling People’s National Congress Party (PNC) and has spoken to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill about his resignation.

The attorney general said it had nothing to do with in differences.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has accepted the resignation of the Member for Esa’ala, Davis Stevens as Minister for Justice and Attorney General.

He said  Stevens had spoken with him during the year indicating he would be resigning from his ministerial position so he could focus on his electorate of Esa’ala in Milne Bay Province.

Esa’ala is still rebuilding itself from the earthquake damage.

“The honourable Davis Steven has discussed with me the need for him to concentrate more on the Esa’ala electorate in the coming years, and I accept his resignation,” the Prime Minister said.

“The region is still rebuilding after the earthquake and there is a lot of work to be done.

“His people are suffering and as their elected member he is focusing on rebuilding communities.

“He has our government’s full support in these ongoing efforts.

“Davis Steven has served admirably in two ministerial portfolios, first as Minister for Civil Aviation in the last Parliament, and Minister for Justice and Attorney General since the 2017 election.

“He has initiated a number of reforms in both portfolios.

“His work as minister has made our aviation sector more efficient and safer, and strengthened our justice sector.

“I thank him for his leadership as Minister for Justice and Attorney General for the past two years, and five years as Minister for Civil Aviation.

“When he was elected in 2012 he was appointed as a minister, and after seven years in these two portfolios he now has the opportunity to concentrate fully on the people of Esa’ala.”

A week after his chief finance advisor James Marape quit his government, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has to deal with a second resignation from his cabinet.

On Wednesday the Prime Minister had to appoint a new Finance Minister, opting for Bulolo MP Sam Basil as replacement of then Finance Minister James Marape.

Now he needs to find a replacement for the key ministry of Justice and anyone who is appointed possessing a qualification in law becomes the government’s chief legal advisor.

O’Neill following the installation of Markham MP Koni Iguan as Communications Minister and announcing Bulolo MP Sam Basil to be Finance Minister affirmed to the media that the coalition government was as strong as ever.

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