26 Jan 2012

Mutiny at PNG military headquarters

12:13 pm on 26 January 2012

A group of men has seized and replaced the head of the Papua New Guinea defence force in what is believed to be linked to the power struggle between two senior politicians.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation says 12 to 20 men raided the military headquarters at Murray Barracks in the early hours of the morning.

They put Brigadier General Francis Agwi under house arrest and replaced him with a new commander, Yaura Sasa.

The action comes a day after the veteran politician, Sir Michael Somare, reiterated that he is the legitimate prime minister despite key institutions siding with Peter O'Neill who took control last August.