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Prime Minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea
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Incumbent
James Marape

since 30 May 2019
Style The Honourable
Abbreviation PM
Member of
  • Parliament
  • Cabinet
Seat Port Moresby
Appointer Governor-General
Term length At the Governor-General's pleasure
Precursor Chief Minister of Papua and New Guinea
Inaugural holder Michael Somare
Formation 16 September 1975
Deputy Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
Salary PGK346,037/US$ 97,201 annually (2015)
Website https://pmnec.gov.pg/


The prime minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (Tok Pisin: Prai Minista bilong Papua Niugini) is Papua New Guinea's head of government, consequent on being the leader of the party or coalition with majority support in the National Parliament. The prime minister serves as the head of his party, the head of the coalition government, and the chairman of the National Executive Council.

History

The office of Prime Minister was preceded by the Chief Minister.

2011–2012 constitutional crisis

From December 2011, the office was disputed between Peter O'Neill of the People's National Congress Party and Sir Michael Somare of the National Alliance Party; the latter eventually supported O'Neill as Prime Minister on 3 August 2012, thus ending the constitutional crisis.

Department of the Prime Minister

The Department of the Prime Minister has the task of providing administrative services to the restoration exercise as well as advising the Prime Minister and other government leaders. After a July 1995 cabinet reshuffle by Julius Chan, functions of the department were expanded.

List of prime ministers of Papua New Guinea (1975–present)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Sir Michael Somare - 2009.jpg Michael Somare
(1936–2021)
16 September 1975 11 March 1980 4 years, 177 days Pangu Pati
2 Sir Julius Chan (cropped).jpg Sir Julius Chan
(born 1939)
11 March 1980 2 August 1982 2 years, 144 days People's Progress Party
(1) Sir Michael Somare - 2009.jpg Michael Somare
(1936–2021)
2 August 1982 21 November 1985 3 years, 111 days Pangu Pati
3 Paias Wingti in Hagen (cropped).jpg Paias Wingti
(born 1951)
21 November 1985 4 July 1988 2 years, 226 days People's Democratic Movement
4 Rabbie Namaliu 2012 (cropped).png Sir Rabbie Namaliu
(1947–2023)
4 July 1988 17 July 1992 4 years, 13 days Pangu Pati
(3) Paias Wingti in Hagen (cropped).jpg Paias Wingti
(born 1951)
17 July 1992 30 August 1994 2 years, 44 days People's Democratic Movement
(2) Sir Julius Chan (cropped).jpg Sir Julius Chan
(born 1939)
30 August 1994 27 March 1997 2 years, 209 days People's Progress Party
5 No image.png John Giheno
(1949–2017)
27 March 1997 2 June 1997 67 days People's Progress Party
(2) Sir Julius Chan (cropped).jpg Sir Julius Chan
(born 1939)
2 June 1997 22 July 1997 50 days People's Progress Party
6 Bill Skate April 1998.gif Bill Skate
(1953–2006)
22 July 1997 14 July 1999 1 year, 357 days People's National Congress
7 Mekere Morauta 2000.jpg Sir Mekere Morauta
(1946–2020)
14 July 1999 5 August 2002 3 years, 22 days People's Democratic Movement
(1) Sir Michael Somare - 2009.jpg Sir Michael Somare
(1936–2021)
5 August 2002 2 August 2011
Disputed from 14 December 2011 to 3 August 2012
8 years, 362 days National Alliance Party
Samuel Abal 2009 (cropped).jpg Sam Abal
(born 1958)
13 December 2010 17 January 2011 35 days National Alliance Party
4 April 2011 2 August 2011 120 days
8 Peter O'Neill May 2015.jpg Peter O'Neill
(born 1965)
2 August 2011
Disputed to 3 August 2012
29 May 2019 7 years, 300 days People's National Congress
9 Marape 190614 Haus Lotu (2) (cropped).jpg James Marape
(born 1971)
30 May 2019 Incumbent 4 years, 320 days Pangu Pati

See also

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