27 Feb 2007

PNG government again suspends Southern Highlands administration

7:32 pm on 27 February 2007

The Papua New Guinea government has again suspended the provincial government in Southern Highlands province and re-instituted a state of emergency there.

The state of emergency, set up in the middle of last year, lapsed last week.

The government had failed to get enough parliamentary support to extend it and as our correspondent Alex Rheeney reports cabinet eventually made a declaration.

"The justification for doing that was that they didn't want the Southern Highlands to have another failed election, just like it did in the 2002 general elections. Consequently they decided to extend the state of emergency."