21 Jul 2011

Public concern growing in PNG over leadership uncertainty

4:34 pm on 21 July 2011

A political commentator says ordinary people in Papua New Guinea are concerned about the ongoing uncertainty over the country's leadership.

Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, who since April has been in a Singapore Hospital, was retired last month by his son, cabinet minister Arthur Somare.

His deputy, Sam Abal, has been Acting Prime Minister during that time but it's still uncertain who'll replace sir Michael as Prime Minister and leader of the ruling National Alliance.

Dr Orovu Sepoe from the Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific says there's concern that if government can't function effectively, ordinary people won't benefit from the major resource development underway in PNG.

"There's a lot of anxiety about the state of political affairs and the economic activities that are kind of happening all throughout the country. The biggest concern is how you can actually deal with the revenue from all these resource development projects."

Dr Orovu Sepoe