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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Guinea in Control

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea -- Confident that he has quashed a potential military revolt, Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan ordered the release Tuesday of about 40 South African and British mercenaries detained by the army on the orders of its now fired commander.


"The government is in absolute complete control of the situation," Chan told a news conference.


He said the former commander of the Papua New Guinea Defense Force, Brigadier General Jerry Singirok was "guilty of gross insubordination bordering on treason" and could face arrest.


A tense 24-hour standoff between the government and the military ended Tuesday afternoon when Singirok said he would leave the job without a fight.