6 Aug 2012

PNG's O'Neill hints at new cabinet line-up

2:02 pm on 6 August 2012

Papua New Guinea's newly-elected Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has announced a caretaker team in what observers say is an indication of what the new cabinet is expected to look like when it is announced later this week.

Mr O'Neill himself will handle National Planning and Police ministries.

Don Polye retains the Treasury and Finance portfolios from the end of the last term, and takes on Correctional Services, Labour and Industrial Relations, Immigration and Transport.

William Duma has retained Petroleum and Energy, and picks up Defence, Tourism, Art Culture, Autonomy and Autonomous region which includes Bougainville Affairs.

Patrick Pruaitch is the caretaker Minister of Housing, Inter Government Relations and Forestry, the latter a portfolio he already held in the Somare government.

Sir Puka Temu has been given Public Service, Agriculture and Livestock, Foreign Affairs and Trade.