As pressure mounts, PNG PM urged to clear his name

10:15 am on 20 July 2016

Pressure continues to build on Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister to stand down to face fraud allegations.

Peter O'Neill is to face a motion of no-confidence vote in parliament this Friday.

This comes amid growing calls for his removal over his continued refusal to stand aside to answer to fraud police over his alleged role in illegal payments to a law firm.

While a majority of MPs appear to be still backing him, there have been defections to the opposition in recent days and more key professional groups are going on strike, demanding the prime minister's removal.

The Governor of Oro Province Gary Juffa said Mr O'Neill could simply stand aside to clear his name.

"The doctors have just recently come in and said that they're going to stop going to work. Pilots for the national airline have already refused to go to work, it's disrupting flights. Dock workers are claiming that the might join in and stop working as well."

"So in the greater interests of the nation, it is my belief that the prime minister should perhaps appoint someone while he attends to this," he said.

Gary Juffa, PNG

Gary Juffa, PNG Photo: Supplied