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Papua New Guinea prime minister returned in chaotic election

Peter O'Neill's government faces economic challenges as deficit widens

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill (left) signs his oath of office witnessed by Governor General Bob Dadae in Port Moresby Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of PNG Prime Minister's Office)

AUCKLAND -- Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on Wednesday survived one of the most bruising election campaigns in the nation's 42-year history, promising big infrastructure spending for the mineral-rich but economically troubled nation.

After a month-long election process which saw policemen and rival supporters killed, faulty electoral rolls, corruption allegations and ballot box rigging and kidnapping, O'Neill's People's National Congress returned to the all-male 111 seat assembly in Port Moresby. More than 3,340 candidates were in the running for those seats.

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