13 Aug 2007

Returned PNG Government promising more emphasis on rural infrastructure

7:01 pm on 13 August 2007

Papua New Guineas re-elected Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, is promising there will be a strong emphasis on rural development by the new Government.

Sir Michael easily won a second successive term as Prime Minister with his National Alliance having the backing of 86 of the 109 MPs in the new Parliament.

That lineup includes 13 political parties and Sir Michael has announced the formation of a caretaker administration over the next three weeks in which the allocation of 28 portfolios will be debated.

Our correspondent in Port Moresby, Alex Rheeney, says the veteran leader has indicated that the government will place a strong focus on the medium term development strategy which it ushered in its last term.

"It is highly unlikely the government will change its plans and it will continue to rely on the MTDS to roll out rural services. Sir Michael did make a mention that infrastructure in rural Papua New Guinea will get top most priority in his government over the next five years."