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Extra police for Papua New Guinea capital ahead of prime minister's selection

Extra police for Papua New Guinea capital ahead of prime minister's selection

Extra police will fly to Papua New Guinea's capital next week to control protests expected over the formation of a new government following recent elections, a news report said Thursday.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki told Port Moresby's police that mobile squads from the provinces were being deployed in the city following intelligence reports of possible protest marches or even riots instigated by rival groups, the Post-Courier newspaper said.
Baki said intelligence indicated that previous Prime Minister Michael Somare's National Alliance Party would be targeted for protests when Parliament meets on Monday to elect a new prime minister, the newspaper said. Baki could not be contacted Thursday for comment.
"My men will be carrying out their constitutional roles in maintaining law and order and ensuring there is peace and harmony during this period," Baki was quoted as saying.
Other groups have expressed opposition to former Prime Ministers Julius Chan or Mekere Morauta becoming prime minister.
The National Alliance Party won the largest number of seats and has been asked by the governor general, the British monarch's representative in the South Pacific nation, to try to form a coalition government.
Police detained three people in Port Moresby on Thursday and confiscated campaign material, a vehicle, banners and a megaphone.
City Police Commander Alfred Reu said the three were suspected of planning protests against a National Alliance Party-led government and were released after being warned.


Updated : 2021-10-25 02:48 GMT+08:00