10 Jan 2005

PNG PM's son made minister while Temu gets new post

3:02 pm on 10 January 2005

A Cabinet reshuffle is planned in Papua New Guinea later this month, which will also see the appointment of a deputy prime minister.

Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare's announcement of a reshuffle preceded his son, Angoram MP, Arthur Somare, being sworn in as National Planning Minister.

Dr Puka Temu, who was relieved of his responsibilities as Public Enterprises and Communications Minister over the Telikom sale, was given a new portfolio of lands and physical planning.

The National reports Dr Temu was also made State Minister, to assist with the Prime Minister's affairs.

Meanwhile, the Opposition faction of the People's Action Party (PAP) has rejoined the main faction in government, bolstering Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare's numbers and assuring him a smooth run until 2007.

The party members led by Works Minister Gabriel Kapris joined hands in Parliament to symbolise their coming together.

The National reports PAP founder Ted Diro as welcoming the move.