PAPUA New Guinea’s political crisis intensified late yesterday with the sacking of attorney-general and justice minister Kerenga Kua by prime minister Peter O’Neill.
Ano Pala has been appointed the new attorney general after Mr O’Neill dismissed Mr Kua (pictured) for opposing the government's attempts to change the constitution to limit votes of no confidence.
Mr O’Neill seems unconcerned about triggering another area of dissent at a time he is facing questioning by police over corruption allegations.
The prime minister has called the arrest warrant a "politically motivated stunt".
The ABC is reporting that Mr Kua wrote to the prime minister last week opposing the government's plan to amend section 145 of the constitution.
Mr O’Neill claims this undermined cabinet and government solidarity.
"It is unfortunate that I've had to take this decision at this time, but I must do so in the interest of government and its stability," the ABC reported Mr O'Neill as saying.
Some weeks ago the prime minister also sacked Treasurer Don Polye and there have been other changes amongst senior bureaucrats as Mr O’Neill seeks to push forward with his political agenda while defending himself against corruption charges.
Yesterday he also announced a commission of inquiry into the corruption charge that saw him served with an arrest warrant.
Mr O'Neill claimed that police, courts and government departments have been politically compromised.
"We have the highest regard for the courts but there are individuals that have been highly compromised," he said. "I think it's needed to be cleaned and we need an independent process to clean it out."