Life in PNG's Mendi returning to normal, says MP

10:57 am on 14 November 2017

The MP for Mendi in Papua New Guinea's Highlands says life is slowly returning to normal after recent election-related unrest.

Peaceful protest against ongoing unrest in Mendi, 4 October 2017.

A peaceful protest against ongoing unrest in Mendi Photo: Melvin Levongo

Unrest and deadly violence plagued Mendi and other parts of Southern Highlands in the past few months.

Fighting between supporters of rival candidates has now begun to settle, but tensions remain and the province's public sector has effectively ground to a halt.

The newly elected MP Michael Nali said the unrest had been stirred by disgruntled people.

"Those who have that kind of ideology have taken advantage of the situation and then created problems and all that. But I think the politics part of things is now acceptable. The matter's before the courts. It's something for the court to investigate and rule on in a couple of months or so. Things are slowly getting back to normal now."

Mr Nali said the local hospital was working again, shops and banking services resumed operations, and flights are arriving again in Mendi.

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