Parliament sits despite many seats yet undeclared after a campaign marred by deaths, allegations of bribery and at least one attempted kidnapping

Peter O’Neill has been reappointed as prime minister of Papua New Guinea amid a shaky start to the new parliament, with a power blackout and two MPs turning up to take the same seat.

The opening of the 10th PNG parliament – which has no women despite the highest number of female candidates in the country’s democratic history – follows a chaotic campaign and election. It included violence and arson, allegations of voter fraud and bribery, and at least one attempted kidnapping.

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