22 Jul 2011

PNG's attorney general downplays ructions in ruling National Alliance

3:29 pm on 22 July 2011

A senior member of Papua New Guinea's ruling party has downplayed the current power struggle in the National Alliance.

Sir Arnold Amet, who is also Attorney General, has also confirmed that the acting Prime Minister is seeking legal counsel about his suspension from the party.

The NA executive has suspended Sam Abal for two months over his recent decision to remove fellow senior party member Don Polye as Foreign Affairs Minister.

The two men are leading candidates to take over leadership of the party from Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare who is expected to step down soon.

Sir Arnold says a natural process of transition is underway in the party.

"All of that which is happening now in terms of our regional caucuses and party leadership, and the leadership of the nation, is really a transitional process given our founding father, the Prime Minister, is imminently to retire. So it will stabilise within the next several months."

Sir Arnold Amet