19 Sep 2006

PNG minister Brown sacked

4:59 pm on 19 September 2006

Papua New Guinea's Public Services Minister Sinai Brown has been sacked.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that the acting Prime Minister, Don Polye, signed papers effecting Mr Brown's sacking on Saturday.

Mr Polye is to take on the responsibilities Mr Brown's portfolio.

Mr Brown's sacking stems from his decision last week to change the acting head of the Finance Department.

He caught senior colleagues in cabinet off guard by removing the acting Finance Secretary, Gabriel Yer, to replace him with Kaen Wosae.

This put Mr Brown on a collision course with Mr Polye and acting finance minister Patrick Pruiatch who advised him to rescind his decision.

Mr Brown would not be swayed saying his decision would stand.

In a statement last night, Mr Brown said he accepted his removal of ministerial powers and would await the arrival of Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare to discuss his position in the Government.