Papua New Guinea’s first prime minister critically unwell

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Papua New Guinea’s first prime minister, Michael Somare, was in essential situation in a hospital over the weekend with pancreatic most cancers, his household stated.

The household revealed in an announcement on Sunday that the 84-year-old was present process palliative care within the nationwide capital, Port Moresby. His daughter Betha Somare didn’t reply to a request for an replace on his situation on Tuesday.

Somare was pivotal within the South Pacific nation’s transfer to independence from Australia and was the nation’s first prime minister from 1975 to 1980.

He was prime minister for a complete of 16 years over three separate stints earlier than retiring from politics in 2017.



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