31 Jul 2014

PNG PM dismisses rivals' allegations

4:52 pm on 31 July 2014

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has again dismissed moves by law agencies to have him probed over alleged illegal state payments as politically motivated.

An arrest warrant issued for the Prime Minister last month over the allegations is still being contested in court.

Mr O'Neill coninutes to maintain his innocence.

Attending the 45th Pacific Islands Leaders Summit in Palau, Mr O'Neill says his political opponents are trying to undermine a government with a mandate from the people.

"There is only two ways of changing the governments in Papua New Guinea, one is through ballot books during national elections and the second is through parliament, you must have the numbers to do so. There is no other way. And I think as soon as some of our opponents take note of that clear process, it will be easier for Papua New Guinea."

Peter O'Neill