24 Jun 2011

PNG's Somare to leave intensive care in Singapore hospital

1:29 pm on 24 June 2011

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare is expected to leave the intensive care unit any day now after undergoing heart operations.

He has been in a Singapore hospital for nearly three months.

During his absence from Port Moresby, the acting prime minister Sam Abal has sacked two ministers amid a major cabinet reshuffle, and now the Highlands executive of their party is asking for Mr Abal to be dismissed from the party.

The president of the National Alliance Party, Simon Kaiwi, says the prime minister is recovering well.

"He's in the intensive care unit and he's expected to come out of the ICU any minute any day now and will be out in the main hospital for recovery and then obviously will be heading back home when everything is done."

Simon Kaiwi says Sir Michael Somare has made his intention known that he would like the leadership made available for someone else and it would be discussed at the next party caucus meeting in August.

His retirement would end a 40-year career in parliament.