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Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
Coat of Arms of Papua New Guinea
Peter O'Neill

since 3 August 2011
Appointer Governor-General of Papua New Guinea
Term length No term limit
Inaugural holder Michael Somare
Formation 16 September 1975
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Papua New Guinea

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, 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. Amidst the 2011–2012 Papua New Guinean constitutional crisis, the office was disputed between Peter O'Neill of the People's National Congress Party and Sir Michael Somare; the latter supported O'Neill as Prime Minister on 3 August 2012, thus the constitutional crisis came to an end.

List of Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea (1975-Present)

# Name Took office Left office Party
1 Michael Somare
(1st term)
16 September 1975 11 March 1980 Pangu Party[1][2][3]
2 Sir Julius Chan
(1st term)
11 March 1980 2 August 1982 People's Progress Party[1][2]
Michael Somare
(2nd term)
2 August 1982 21 November 1985 Pangu Party[1][2][3]
3 Paias Wingti
(1st term)
21 November 1985 4 July 1988 People's Democratic Movement[1][2]
4 Sir Rabbie Namaliu 4 July 1988 17 July 1992 Pangu Party[1][2]
Paias Wingti
(2nd term)
17 July 1992 30 August 1994 People's Democratic Movement[2]
Sir Julius Chan
(2nd term)
30 August 1994 27 March 1997 People's Progress Party[2][3]
John Giheno
27 March 1997 2 June 1997 People's Progress Party
Sir Julius Chan
(3rd term)
2 June 1997 22 July 1997 People's Progress Party[2][3]
5 Bill Skate 22 July 1997 14 July 1999 People's National Congress Party[2][3]
6 Sir Mekere Morauta 14 July 1999 5 August 2002 People's Democratic Movement[3]
Sir Michael Somare
(3rd term)
5 August 2002 2 August 2011
(disputed from 14 December 2011
to 3 August 2012)
National Alliance Party[1]
Sam Abal
(Acting for Somare)
13 December 2010 17 January 2011 National Alliance Party[1]
Sam Abal
(Acting for Somare)
4 April 2011 2 August 2011 National Alliance Party[1]
7 Peter O'Neill 2 August 2011
(disputed to 3 August 2012)
Incumbent People's National Congress Party


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Background Note: Papua New Guinea". US State Department. April 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i  
  3. ^ a b c d e f May, R.J. (2001). State and society in Papua New Guinea: the first twenty five years. Crawford House Publishing.  
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