Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

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Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
National Emblem of Papua New Guinea.svg
Incumbent
James Marape

since 30 May 2019
AppointerBob Dadae
Governor-General of Papua New Guinea
Term lengthAt the Governor-General's pleasure
Inaugural holderMichael Somare
Formation16 September 1975

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, is Papua New Guinea's head of government. A person becomes Prime Minister by being the leader of the party or coalition with majority support in the National Parliament.

List of Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea (1975–present)[change | change source]

No. Name
(Birth–Death)
Tenure Political Affiliation
Took Office Left Office
1 Michael Somare
(1936–)
16 September 1975 11 March 1980 Pangu Party[1][2][3]
2 Sir Julius Chan
(1939–)
11 March 1980 2 August 1982 People's Progress Party[1][2]
(1) Michael Somare
(1936–)
2 August 1982 21 November 1985 Pangu Party[1][2][3]
3 Paias Wingti
(1951–)
21 November 1985 4 July 1988 People's Democratic Movement[1][2]
4 Sir Rabbie Namaliu
(1947–)
4 July 1988 17 July 1992 Pangu Party[1][2]
(3) Paias Wingti
(1951–)
17 July 1992 30 August 1994 People's Democratic Movement[2]
(2) Sir Julius Chan
(1939–)
30 August 1994 27 March 1997 People's Progress Party[2][3]
5 John Giheno
(1949–2017)
27 March 1997 2 June 1997 People's Progress Party
(2) Sir Julius Chan
(1939–)
2 June 1997 22 July 1997 People's Progress Party[2][3]
6 Bill Skate
(1953–2006)
22 July 1997 14 July 1999 People's National Congress Party[2][3]
7 Sir Mekere Morauta
(1946–)
14 July 1999 5 August 2002 People's Democratic Movement[3]
(1) Sir Michael Somare
(1936–)
5 August 2002 2 August 2011
Disputed from 14 December 2011
to 3 August 2012
National Alliance Party[1]
8 Sam Abal
(1958–)
13 December 2010 17 January 2011 National Alliance Party[1]
4 April 2011 2 August 2011
9 Peter O'Neill
(1965–)
2 August 2011
Disputed to 3 August 2012
29 May 2019 People's National Congress Party
10 James Marape
(1971–)
30 May 2019 Incumbent Pangu Party

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Background Note: Papua New Guinea". US State Department. April 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-14. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Dorney, Sean (2001). Papua New Guinea: people, politics and history since 1975. ABC Books. ISBN 0-7333-0945-3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 May, R.J. (2001). State and society in Papua New Guinea: the first twenty five years. Crawford House Publishing. ISBN 1-86333-204-9.