Sunday, December 18, 2011

O'Neill says he has control of PNG

Updated December 17, 2011 01:39:26 

Peter O'Neill says his government's occupation of the prime minister's department should end uncertainty in Papua New Guinea over the legitimacy of his government.
This afternoon Mr O'Neill and 74 other MPs made the short drive from parliament house to Morauta House, which is home to the prime minister's department.
Mr O'Neill says this symbolic move should end any uncertainty that he is PNG's legitimate prime minister.
His rival Sir Michael Somare has not been seen in public since Wednesday.
The O'Neill government claims their rivals attempted overnight to call out the defence force onto Port Moresby's streets.
Earlier on Friday there was another sign that Sir Michael's influence is waning.
Around 20 police officers that were loyal to him handed themselves in to the police commissioner loyal to Mr O'Neill.
Tom Kulunga, the man appointed by Mr O'Neill to be police commissioner, insisted the police force was not divided.
His men have secured the government printing office, allowing a national gazette to be published announcing Mr O'Neill as prime minister. His men have secured the government printing office, allowing a national gazette to be published announcing Mr O'Neill as prime minister.

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