26 Jul 2012

Polye accepts O'Neill's claim for PNG leadership

1:15 pm on 26 July 2012

Papua New Guinea's Don Polye says he wanted to be the Prime Minister heading into the elections but had to submit to the will of the people and the power of the constitution.

The newspaper The National reports that Mr Polye has committed his Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party's six elected members and any more who are declared to supporting the incumbent Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's candidacy to remain in the top post.

He says the numbers show that Mr O'Neill's PNC has the mandate.

Mr Polye says the law is clear that the party with the biggest number can form government.

The governor-elect of Hela Province, Anderson Agiru, says Papua New Guinea was divided, in the public service, police force, and army.

But now he has to respect the rule of law and the will of the Constitution.