May 29, 2019

Papua New Guinea Parliament elects new Prime Minister

Papua New Guinea Parliament has elected Tari-Pori MP James Marape as the 8th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.

He was voted by 101 Members while the Opposition candidate Port Moresby North West MP Sir Mekere scored 8 votes.

He officially became  the 8th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea after his swearing in by the Governor General Sir Bob Dadae.

Marape attended Minj Primary School and Kabiufa Adventist Secondary School.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea in 1993, and a postgraduate Honours Degree in Environmental Science in 2000.

Marape first contested the Tari-Pori seat at the 2002 election for the People's Progress Party, when voting in the Southern Highlands Province was cancelled due to widespread violence.

He contested the supplementary election in 2003, but lost to incumbent MP Tom Tomiape in a contest marred by the bashing of a polling official by his supporters.

He challenged the result in the Court of Disputed Returns, but both his initial petition and a subsequent appeal were rejected.
He contested the seat for a second time at the 2007 election as a National Alliance candidate and defeated Tomiape.

He was subsequently appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Works, Transport and Civil Aviation by Prime Minister Michael Somare.

He was also given additional responsibilities as Deputy Chair of the Privileges Committee and member of the Parliamentary Referral Committee on Inter-Government Relations.

He was Minister for Education from 16 December 2008 to 2 August 2011. In February 2012, he left the National Alliance Party and joined People's National Congress.

He was re-elected at the 2012 election in the Tari-Pori District. He was then appointed as Finance Minister under the O’Neill Government. He was re-elected at the 2017 election, representing People's National Congress.

On 11 April 2019, he resigned as Minister for Finance.   FM100/PNG Today
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