10 Jan 2007

PNG's Prime Minister moves to allay fears over general election

7:13 pm on 10 January 2007

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says he is optimistic the country will make progress despite concerns that this year's general election could be riddled with problems.

PacNews reports that Sir Michael Somare, who resumed official duties yesterday, is urging his people not to be apprehensive about the upcoming election.

Sir Michael reportedly said PNG will continue to move ahead because his government has provided the right conditions for development.

He was quoted as saying he looked forward to completing his job in the government's remaining months in office.

Sir Michael said Papua New Guineans had refused to recognise their country's own gains since independence in 1975.

Meanwhile the appointment of the new police Commissioner, Gari Baki, by the National Executive Council, has been formalised.