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Mutiny underway in PNG
Updated January 26, 2012 09:37:08
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Map: Papua New Guinea
Soldiers loyal to ousted former prime minister Sir Michael Somare are understood to have staged a mutiny in Papua New Guinea's capital Port
At about 3:00am today a group of between 12 and 20 soldiers are believed to have raided the defence force headquarters at Murray Military Barracks and
placed the head of the army, Brigadier General Francis Agwi, under house arrest.
The ABC understands that a new commander has been sworn in.
The mutiny is believed to have been peaceful.
Sir Michael was ousted as prime minister and replaced by Peter O'Neill in August last year after his seat was declared vacant while he received
medical treatment in Singapore.
In December, the Supreme Court ordered his reinstatement as prime minister and as an MP.
But despite that order, Mr O'Neill remained the effective prime minister with the support of the public service, police, defence force and most
Last week there were rowdy scenes in the parliament when Sir Michael walked in brandishing the court order and demanding his reinstatement.
He was warned by Mr O'Neill that he could be arrested if he shows up again.
Topics: world-politics, papua-new-guinea
First posted January 26, 2012 09:16:32