26 Jun 2007

PNG opposition leader says two govt ministers resigned to run in his party

6:18 am on 26 June 2007

A Papua New Guinea opposition leader says two ministers in the Somare-led government have resigned to run as members of his party in the next general election.

The culture and tourism minister, Nick Kuman, and the commerce and trade minister, Michael Nali, who were appointed in January, have resigned from cabinet this week.

The leader of the People's National Progress party, Peter O'Neill, says the two men have now quit their ministerial posts to stand for the PNP party.

"The law allows any member of parliament to decide under which party they intend to run for the election. And they have exercised their right. They resigned on their own accord to maintain the integrity of that particular law, so that their integrity is not put into question after the election."

Peter O'Neill, leader of the People's National Progress party in PNG.