Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Grand Chief announces interim cabinet

SIR Michael Somare last night announced a restored cabinet which excluded the ministers who defected on Aug 2.
The new cabinet is:
Sam Abal: Deputy Prime Minister and Immigration;
Patrick Pruaitch: Treasury and Finance, and State-Owned Enterprises;
Sir Arnold Amet: Justice and Attorney General, and Public Service;
Sasa Zibe: Health, and Inter Government Relations;
Timothy Bonga: Forestry, and Internal Security;
James Marape: Education, and National Planning and District Development;
Benjamin Poponowa: Transport and Civil Aviation;
Philip Kikala: Agriculture and Livestock;
Paru Ahi: Higher Education, Research Science and Technology, and Foreign Affairs and Trade;
Fidelis Semoso: Bougainville Affairs;
Patrick Tammur: Communication and Information;
Francis Potape: Petroleum and Energy;
Ben Semri: Fisheries, and Commerce and Industry;
Tony Aimo: Correctional Services, and Lands and Physical Planning;
Andrew Kumbakor: Housing and Urban Development;
Philemon Embel: Sports and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister;
Bob Dadae: Defence;
Sani Rambi: Labour and Industrial Relations;
Dame Carol Kidu: Community Development; and
John Pundari: Mining; and
Anderson Agiru: Works, and Conservation and Environment.
Sir Michael said he had appointed the governor of resource-rich Southern Highlands province as a new minister in his cabinet and was pleased to welcome him in his new role.
He said he stood ready to lead his restored government over the next few months until the writs were issued for the 2012 election.
“The judiciary has again upheld our Constitution and maintained the independence between the three arms of government – the legislature, executive and judiciary”.
Sir Michael said the full cabinet would be announced in the next few days.
“The ministers who had defected have been decommissioned,” he added.
He called on the members of the public to remain calm and not take the law into their own hands.
“My government followed processes and waited for the appropriate authority – the judiciary to make its judgment.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:33 AM

    Sir Michael Somare should just step aside and let the O'Neil Namah govt continue intil elections next year because we want good leadership that can look into peoples needs and not their own pockets like the Somare led govt with politicians allowances increasin every 3-6 months.