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PNG Defence Force Chief term has been extended temporarily. This is to allow for the government to find a successor as replacement , prime minister Peter O'Neill says.
Brigadier General Francis Agwi made history during PNG's 2011-2012 political impasse by frequently denying high level political requests to declare martial law.
He refused to involve the armed forces in the 10 month, high-stakes battle between the Supreme court-backed former prime minister Sir Michael Somare and parliament-backed Mr O'Neill.
He was also briefly taken captive by a group of soldiers during a military mutiny sparked by supporters of Sir Michael.
"Agwi has shown professionalism and dedication in his years of service to the military and country," Mr O'Neill said in a statement on Monday.
"He led by example in maintaining stability in the force and I would like to thank him on behalf of the people of PNG for a job well done."
General Agwi's term as commander would have expired at midnight on Monday.
Mr O'Neill said the process to select the general's successor is underway.
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