18 Jun 2014

O'Neill sacks PNG's AG

8:22 am on 18 June 2014

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has sacked the Attorney-General and Justice Minister Kerenga Kua.

Peter O'Neill told the Post-Courier newspaper that Mr Kua was sacked because he spoke out publicly against the latest constitutional amendments the government is making.

The amendments relate to the position of Prime Minister and motions of no-confidence.

Mr O'Neill says it is unfortunate that he has had to take the decision at this time but that he must do so in the interest of government stability.

His office has confirmed the Rigo MP Ano Pala as the new Attorney General and Justice Minister.

Kerenga Kua is a member of one of the main coalition partners, the National Alliance, which was allocated the Attorney General and Justice Minister roles in the post-2012 election lobbying over the formation of government.