Somare back as Papua New Guinea's prime minister

09:40, January 18, 2011      

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Michael Somare is back as Papua New Guinea's prime minister, after a month of stepping aside to answer allegations of official misconduct, according to an official statement released on Tuesday.

A short statement from the prime minister's office said Somare, 74, had resumed office after taking five weeks holiday leave.

It offered no mention of taking leave last month when he announced he was stepping aside.

Back then Somare had said the move would allow a leadership tribunal to investigate allegations he failed to provide several annual financial statements. The announcement did not mention the allegations against Somare.

Source: Xinhua

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