24 May 2012

Somare nominated to contest PNG election in East Sepik, still NA leader

8:08 pm on 24 May 2012

Sir Michael Somare has been nominated by the East Sepik provincial government to contest his regional seat in next month's Papua New Guinea election.

Confirmation that Sir Michael will stand as a candidate comes after he earlier signalled this as the first election since PNG gained independence in 1975 in which he wouldn't run.

Despite his political faction being prevented by soldiers from being sworn in as caretaker national government this week, Sir Michael says he's focussing on retaining the seat which he was illegally removed from in parliament last year.

His spokesperson, Betha Somare, says Sir Michael is also still the leader of the National Alliance.

"Because of all the chaos that's been around here in PNG with the political crisis, the National Alliance party hasn't chosen a new leader so as a result of that he's still the leader of National Alliance until a new leader is decided by the party."

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Betha Somare