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New PM says PNG political crisis over

Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 01:11

Dec. 18 - Parliament-appointed prime minister of Papua New Guinea says his government is in control and the recent political crisis is over. Simon Hanna reports.

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Parliament-appointed Prime Minister Peter O'Neil declares an end to Papua New Guinea's farcical recent political turmoil. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PARLIAMENT APPOINTED PRIME MINISTER PETER O'NEIL: "I think the crisis is over" The country though appears to remain in political deadlock as this man - Michael Somare - also says he is prime minister. Somare was toppled in August while he was in Singapore for medical treatment, but the Supreme Court on Monday ordered his reinstatement. One political analyst said a caretaker administration could be appointed to rule until elections. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POLITICAL ANALYST PAUL BARKER: "You could have a scenario where they both agreed to, rather like the Greek or Italian scenario, they both agreed to a third party or respected team who are not aspiring politicians and didn't want to win the election themselves next year, but who could be a caretaker team." Somare attempted earlier in the week to call in the army to restore him to power. But many segments of society have been calling for a swift and peaceful end to the crisis. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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New PM says PNG political crisis over

Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 01:11