Basil set for ministry as PNG cabinet reshuffle flagged

Papua New Guinea’s prime minster says he will announce a minor cabinet reshuffle today. It came as Peter O’Neill’s coalition government incorporated into his cabinet the Pangu Pati, which last month defected from the opposition. The defection of Pangu was controversial among opposition supporters after the party’s leader Sam Basil campaigned vehemently against Mr O’Neill in the recent election. Pangu […]

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PNG MPs vow to help Bougainville prepare for referendum

The outgoing Bougainville Affairs minister Joe Lera and his successor Father Simon Dumarinu say they will work around the clock with the Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville governments to prepare the region for its independence referendum. The newspaper The National reported both men called for the national government and the ABG to work together, singling out the need […]

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Papua New Guinea PM wants to push for more women MPs

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister says he’s looking to revive a proposal to reserve 22 seats in the country’s parliament for women. No women were elected in recent elections, making Papua New Guinea one of the few countries with no female representation. According to the newspaper, The National, Peter O’Neill told a business breakfast in Port Moresby last week he found […]

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Enga death toll up to 20 after latest election-related violence

Six more people have been killed in election-related violence in Papua New Guinea’s Enga province. Police in Enga’s capital Wabag said four people died on Friday and two more yesterday after fighting erupted again involving supporters of the ousted member for Kandep Open, Don Polye. Together with the Kii tribe, these supporters have been fighting another tribe on the outskirts […]

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Ousted PNG MP charged with wilful murder

An ousted MP in Papua New Guinea’s Chimbu Province has been charged with wilful murder and inciting violence in election-related unrest. Police said at least two people died in violence two weeks ago in the late stages of the vote count for the Kundiawa-Gembogl electorate. Tobias Kulang, who stood with the ruling People’s National Congress party, was arrested and taken […]

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