20 Jul 2007

Early results from PNG election auger well for Somare supporters

10:07 am on 20 July 2007

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister's party is leading the country's general election, claiming the majority of Parliamentary seats decided so far.

Ten of the 109 parliamentary seats have been decided with Sir Michael Somare's National Alliance Party claiming four of them including Foreign Minister Paul Tiensten's Pomio seat and the Kandep seat of Deputy Prime Minister Don Polye.

The NAP led a coalition government after winning 19 seats five years ago, and look on track to do the same this year.

The politician who unsuccesfully challenged Sir Michael for the party leadership, Bart Philemon has won his seat in Lae.

Mr Philemon's New Generation Party is one of four parties to have secured a single seat so far.

Pangu Party leader, former prime minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu, has lost his Kokopo seat in East New Britian.