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Papua New Guinea premier seeking first executions in nation's history, proposes firing squad

Papua New Guinea's government is pushing for the South Pacific nation's first execution and has proposed firing squads as a humane and inexpensive method.

Papua New Guinea's laws allow for the death penalty and 10 condemned inmates are currently in prison there, but the country was a colony of its near neighbor Australia when the last prisoner was executed — by hanging — in 1954.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said on Wednesday that legislation will be introduced when Parliament resumes in two weeks that would allow the country to implement the death penalty.

The prime minister's office did not immediately explain on Thursday what the hurdles were to executing prisoners that the new legislation would overcome.

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