22 Aug 2007

More election-related violence reported in PNG

6:43 pm on 22 August 2007

Election-related killings continue to occur in Papua New Guinea's Highlands as tribal groups squabble over the results of the July poll.

In the latest reported incident, Post-Courier newspaper says two men were killed and houses and crops destroyed in the Dei district of Western Highlands Province.

The killings came a week after fighting broke out between clans arguing over the actions of rival candidates.

In the Southern Highlands capital, Mendi, three men and a woman have been admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds.

During polling, several election-related deaths were reported in the Highlands but a heavy security presence prevented a repeat of 2002 when an estimated 100 people were killed.

The prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, who was returned in the latest vote, is expected to announce his new cabinet line-up tomorrow or on Friday.