Church leaders in PNG call for PM to step aside

8:12 pm on 30 June 2016

Church leaders in Papua New Guinea are calling on the prime minister to step aside while a commission of inquiry investigates recent violence at the nation's universities.

Injured students in Goroka Hospital, Papua New Guinea, 14 June 2016

Injured students in Goroka Hospital, Papua New Guinea, 14 June 2016. Photo: Supplied

A student was killed and buildings torched at the University of Technology in Lae on Sunday, following a two-month class boycott by students, who are demanding the Peter O'Neill resign.

The retired judge Justice Warwick Andrew will chair the commission, which the church leaders say will only investigate the symptoms and not the root cause of the unrest.

The deputy chairman of the fraternal body representing Evangelical and Pentecostal Churches in Morobe, Pastor Newman Watati, says the prime minister should do the honourable thing.

The Christian leaders and pastors of Lae - we're saying that it would be better for the Prime Minister to step aside and let his deputy lead the country so that this crisis can be solved.

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