28 Aug 2013

Top PNG officials under Somare Govt land top diplomatic posts

9:14 am on 28 August 2013

Two former high-level officials under Papua New Guinea's previous Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare have been given prominent diplomatic posts overseas.

The newspaper, The National reports that the former head of the state-owned minerals, oil and gas company Petromin, Joshua Kalinoe, has been appointed as PNG's ambassador to Belgium and the European Union.

Sir Michael's chosen police commissioner during the political impasse of 2011 and 2012 , Fred Yakasa, has been appointed as High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.

Mr Yakasa, who was arrested weeks before the election for allegedly interfering with the political liberty of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, warned against breaking the unity of the police force during the impasse when the country had two police commissioners as well as two groups claiming to be government.

Sir Michael is now a part of the Peter O'Neill-led government.