PM Marape wants to ‘get to work straight away’, will appoint cabinet today

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By GYNNIE KERO
PRIME Minister James Marape says he wants to get to work straightaway and is expected to appoint his cabinet ministers today.
After his swearing-in, Marape said there were greater challenges ahead.
He thanked MPs on both sides of the House, 90 per cent of whom have voted in his favour.
“I’m truly blessed. Members on both sides of the House responded to my nominations, showing there is a need to work in common unity,” he said.
“We will do proper diagnostic in terms of where we are in terms of the status of our economy, the status of our public service performance. Tomorrow (today), I intend to get on the business of appointing cabinet ministers very quickly. We will visit Government House again tomorrow.” He called on the support of everyone to help him.
“I don’t have all the answers for this nation. That’s what I can tell this country. I am just one man,” he said.
“The assurance I can give is that I can try my best and mobilise talents, talents from the ranks of Government, Opposition, talents from Papua new Guineans out there.”
He said his predecessor Peter O’Neill “went out as a hero”.
In their discussions on Wednesday night, O’Neill told him “you have your own identity, we will not be influencing you.”

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