11 May 2010

PNG gets new Attorney General and Justice Minister

10:34 am on 11 May 2010

A new Attorney General and Justice Minister has been sworn in in Papua New Guinea.

The National reports that Rigo MP Ano Pala replaces Allan Marat, who was asked to resign by the Prime Minister after he made a series of controversial comments.

The newspaper says along with a letter of resignation Dr Marat has delivered a second letter to Sir Michael Somare, advising that his Melanesian Liberal Party wishes to cut ties with the government.

Dr Marat had questioned legislation affecting the Ombudsman Commission, and raised concerns about a Chinese-run nickel mine, and the benefits of the Liquefied Natural Gas project.

Mr Pala, who was formerly the clerk of Parliament, resigned from his job to contest the 2007 election.