AS the lights went out in Papua New Guinea's parliament house during the crucial vote for Speaker a short time ago, so they went out symbolically for the many Papua New Guineans who were hoping for a change of government after a violent, chaotic and probably corrupted national election.
Manus politician Job Pomat, something of an unknown quantity but the offering of Peter O'Neill's PNC Party, defeated the Alliance's Dr Allan Marat 60 votes to 46 in a decisive result for the incumbent prime minister despite a resurgent opposition.
Soon after, in the parliamentary vote for prime minister, Peter O'Neill was elected for a second term.
Some PNG commentators are forecasting, based on past behaviour, that = now they know who will rule - many MPs in the minority Alliance will defect to the government benches.
An immediate challenge for authorities will be to control the anger that will be felt by many Papua New Guineans as they learn of this result.
O'Neill's victory is one from which few people will take pleasure - and comes against a backdrop of what many people consider to have been a stolen election in a country mired in division and debt and beset by a range of serious social problems.
Australia's role in this election was less than honourable - from its participation in "assisting" put together a grotesquely flawed electoral roll to its stony silence as atrocities against democracy took place in the conduct of the poll.
PNG Attitude will seek to keep you informed of further developments, especially the vote for prime minister, as they occur.