7 May 2012

Somare hints he will stand down after PNG election

8:03 am on 7 May 2012

Papua New Guinea's former Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare has confirmed he will stand in the upcoming elections, but hinted he will step down shortly after.

Sir Michael has been embroiled in a political stand-off for months, claiming he is the legitimate Prime Minister after being ousted from Parliament.

He told a National Alliance Party meeting the events of the past nine months have been a reality check.

Sir Michael says the current government of Peter O'Neill has opened the eyes of many in Papua New Guinea, the region and the world.

He assured candidates and sitting members he will campaign strongly for National Alliance and its coalition partners to form the government in July.

But he says after July a new chapter in his life will begin.