19 Mar 2014

Pruaitch back in role as PNG's Treasurer

10:42 pm on 19 March 2014

The Papua New Guinea government has named Patrick Pruaitch as the new Treasurer.

The appointment comes after Don Polye was sacked as Treasurer last week by the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Mr Pruaitch is the leader of the National Alliance party, which is one of the key coalition partners in the O'Neill-led government.

He previously held big portolfios such as Finance and Treasury in the former Somare government.

Mr Pruaitch was suspended as Treasurer in 2010 after being referred to a leadership tribunal over allegations of misconduct in office.

As part of the cabinet reshuffle which sees Mr Pruaitch take up the Treasury portfolio again, he vacates the position of Forestry Minister which is to be taken up by Douglas Tomuriesa.

Mr Tomuriesa is from the Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party of Don Polye.