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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Papua New Guinea Votes With Corruption and Economic Woes Key

Papua New Guinea Votes With Corruption and Economic Woes Key
- Papua New Guinea voters are going to the polls in elections dominated by corruption allegations hanging over their prime minister and the South Pacific island nation's deepening economic woes.

Voting started Saturday and will continue until July 8 through a complex exercise safeguarded by police and soldiers in a rugged country where few roads penetrate a mountainous jungle interior, and where allegations of corruption and violence often mar elections.

Vote counting will likely take another two weeks after the polls close, and which party the newly elected lawmakers will support to form a government will not be known for certain until they take office and arrive in the capital, Port Moresby.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is seeking a second five-year term for a coalition government led by his People's National Congress party.