2 Jun 2004

Moses Maladina still hoping to be re-appointed PNG Deputy Prime Minister

3:56 pm on 2 June 2004

Former Papua New Guinea Deputy Prime Minister, Moses Maladina, who was dumped from Cabinet two weeks ago, is still hoping to win back the post.

Mr Maladina, who leads the People's Action Party, was brought back into Cabinet yesterday and made the National Planning Minister.

He replaced Sinai Brown who becomes the Public Service Minister.

However as our correspondent Peter Niesi reports, Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, has yet to decide which party should be given the Deputy Prime Ministership.

He says some see this as a inducement to members of the coalition parties whose loyalty has been wavering.

"at this stage the People's Action Party with their 13 members are strong contenders for it, but they still have a couple of renegade MPs leaning towards the Opposition ranks...that's part of the reason why Sir Michael is holding onto the Deputy Prime Ministership waiting to see who is the worthy recipient"

There was more good news for the Government yesterday with Sir Michael Somare's National Alliance winning the by-election in East Sepik's Yangoru-Saussia Open seat.