PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill announces a new anti-corruption taskforce

PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill announces a new anti-corruption taskforce

PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill announces a new anti-corruption taskforce

Updated 26 June 2014, 12:30 AEST

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has set up a new anti-corruption body, a week after he scrapped Taskforce Sweep that had accused him of corruption.

Papua New Guinea's Government has set up a temporary anti-corruption body headed by a retired Australian judge.

The move comes a week after Prime Minister Peter O'Neill disbanded multi-agency Taskforce Sweep that had accused him of corruption.

Mr O'Neill said Taskforce Sweep was politically compromised.

His cabinet has now set up an Interim Office for Anti-Corruption, with New South Wales retired Justice Graham Ellis to be chairman.

Despite a police ban on demonstrations, protesters are planning rallies in Port Moresby and other major cities today over the Prime Minister's handling of corruption allegations.

Mr O'Neill was served with an arrest warrant 10 days ago but his application for a stay of proceedings has again been adjourned until Friday.