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PAPUA NEW GUINEA’S SOMARE SHUFFLES CABINET Changes come amid leader’s possible tribunal

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Dec. 8, 2010) – Papua New Guinea's cabinet has undergone a major reshuffle under unusual circumstances.

The changes were made during an impromptu ceremony conducted by the Governor-General Sir Paulius Matane at a tourist resort on the island of New Britain on Tuesday.

Local reports say Sir Paulius, who was on leave, swore in a new Attorney General and signed instruments axing Don Polye as deputy prime minister.

Several other ministries also changed hands.

There has been no confirmation or explanation of the reshuffle from the Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare or his office.

There's speculation Sir Michael may be forced to step down soon to face a leadership tribunal over long-running allegations he failed to lodge annual returns.

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