15 Dec 2011

Extra police flown into Port Moresby

9:49 pm on 15 December 2011

There are signs the political deadlock in Papua New Guinea may have entered a dangerous new phase, with extra police being flown into the capital to seize government assets.

The opposing camps of Sir Michael Somare and Peter O'Neill are not backing down on their claims to the country's prime ministership.

Now Mr O'Neill says extra police have been flown into Port Moresby from around the country to seize government assets.

He says they have already taken control of the government printing office and will also target the finance department, the prime minister's department and government house.

The ABC's correspondent in Port Moresby says a government gazette has been published saying the acting Governor General has appointed Peter O'Neill as prime minister.