1 Mar 2010

PNG Prime Minister to create bigger Cabinet

8:08 pm on 1 March 2010

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister plans to increase his Cabinet to 31 ministers later this year.

Sir Michael Somare, who heads a coalition of 13 parties, says the three extra ministers are needed because of the recent growth in the country.

He points out that PNG has had a 28 member Cabinet since independence nearly 35 years ago.

Sir Michael says currently many ministers are dealing with more than one portfolio and he says there's a need to share responsibilities.

He says the proposed changes will include giving greater responsibility to vice ministers.

A reshuffle has been expected for some weeks but Sir Michael says he will delay the move until after this month's Parliamentary session because he first needs to win support for the larger Cabinet.