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Kandep MP Alfred Manase has been confirmed as justice minister and attorney-general.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made the announcement in a statement, saying Manase had a strong legal background.
Manase replaces Esa’ala MP Davis Steven who resigned last week.
O’Neill said he was confident that Manase would continue where Steven left off, enforcing the reforms the latter had started.
O’Neill last week paid tribute to Steven’s loyalty and commitment while serving as a minister in his Cabinet.
Manase is currently the Minister for Civil Aviation.
Meanwhile, the 24 MPs in the Opposition are hoping that members on the Government benches will cross the floor for the vote of no confidence motion against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill next month.
Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said there had been “meetings” among ministers and MPs.
“The grace period for the current government ended on Feb 5 and it is the intention of the Opposition to move a vote of no confidence motion in Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in the May sitting,” Pruaitch said.
He said the reason for the motion was that O’Neill “has mishandled many issues affecting the nation” .
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