PAPUA New Guinea's prime minister, Peter O'Neill, has been referred to a leadership tribunal over allegations of misconduct in office relating to a $1.3 billion loan.
The tribunal will consist of three judges and will have the power to dismiss, suspend or fine Mr O'Neill. The first sitting is scheduled for January 26.
Former New Zealand Supreme Court judge Sir Peter Blanchard will chair the tribunal, which will also include Australian John von Doussa QC and Papua New Guinean judge Salatiel Lenalia.
The allegations against Mr O'Neill relate to a loan the PNG government took from the Australian branch of UBS investment bank in order to purchase shares in the petroleum company Oil Search.