SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, Oct. 2) - Papua New Guinea's Deputy Prime Minister looks set to lose his job after being dumped as leader of his coalition party.

Trade Minister Dr Allan Marat lost the leadership of the People's Progress Party to Fisheries Minister Andrew Baing yesterday.

Mr Baing says he now expects to take up the deputy prime minister's job in line with the coalition agreement that saw the formation of the Government, which is led by Sir Michael Somare.

Mr Baing says his election came at a meeting of his party's parliamentary wing on Wednesday.

He says he has not yet heard from Sir Michael on when he might take up the deputy prime minister's post.

October 3, 2003

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