12 May 2008

Opposition in PNG calls for Prime Minister to go

10:09 am on 12 May 2008

The opposition in Papua New Guinea are calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, over his government's connections to a diplomatic cash scandal.

It is now known three key government players met officials connected to the disappearance of $US30 million earmarked by Taiwan for aid in PNG.

Sir Michael's court application to quash an Ombudsman Commission investigation into alleged irregularities in his personal finances has also raised anger on the opposition benches.

The disappearance of the money has already led to the resignations of senior Taiwanese figures, including the Vice Premier.

Two middleman were hired to discuss diplomatic allegiances and offer aid money to PNG, now an ally of China.

The opposition leader, Sir Mekere Morauta said the Prime Minister should follow the lead of the Taiwanese leaders and resign, as he must have endorsed his officials' meeting.