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Papua New Guinea PM faces uncertain future after election disarray

Marape expected to take protectionist stance on foreign investment

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape speaks in parliament after he was sworn in for his second term in Port Moresby on August 9.   © AFP/Jiji

SUNSHINE COAST, Australia -- Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape was returned to power in last month's violence-marred, shambolic election that was considered the "worst ever" by observers.

Uncertainty hangs over the shape of Marape's government, which is likely to face a fractious parliament containing members from 21 parties and eight independent lawmakers.

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