This time the attack came from within. At midday, local time, Mr O'Neill's finance minister James Marape, who is also the deputy prime minister, announced his sudden resignation. He will continue as a backbench MP.
Hours later, Mr O'Neill's defence minister, Solan Mirisim, also resigned. Mr Mirisim is yet to make a statement, but his resignation has been confirmed by several media outlets. Two people with close ties to the PNG government also confirmed the resignations to RNZ Pacific.