PNG’S HAIVETA BACK IN GOVERNMENT

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PNG’S HAIVETA BACK IN GOVERNMENT

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 9, 1997 - PACNEWS)--- Sacked Papua New Guinea Deputy Prime Minister Chris Haiveta is back in government.

The Pangu Pati leader announced Monday night that he had returned to government, but on the back bench, The National reports.

Only last week, Haiveta described Prime Minister Bill Skate as a "larrikin" and joined the opposition after being dismissed from the cabinet over the Mujo Sefa videotapes affair.

Haiveta told a gathering of MPs and supporters at a Government House barbecue Monday night that he and his party had not joined the opposition. He called on the people to forget what transpired between him and Skate over the bribes videotapes issue.

Haiveta said the decision to dump him as Deputy Prime Minister was the Prime Minister's prerogative, and said the nation's interest must rise above personal and other differences.

Prime Minister Skate bear hugged Haiveta and declared he had forgiven his "brother" on his return to the government, boasting he, Skate, now had an overwhelming majority of 94 in Parliament.

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