Ano Pala

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Ano Pala MP is a Papua New Guinean politician. He is Member of Parliament for Rigo (in Central Province), and was initially a member of the National Alliance Party. In May 2010, he was appointed Attorney General and Minister of Justice in Prime Minister Michael Somare's Cabinet, replacing Allan Marat who had resigned after breaching Cabinet solidarity by criticising government policy. Pala had, until then, served as parliamentary secretary to Dr Puka Temu, the Minister of Lands and Physical Planning and Mining.[1][2][3] In July 2010, he was one of four ministers to defect to the Opposition in an unsuccessful attempt to bring down the government,[4] but later rejoined the government ranks and was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs.[5]

At the start of August 2011, he again defected to the Opposition, and this time helped to successfully bring down the government in a parliamentary motion of no confidence. Peter O'Neill became Prime Minister, and appointed Pala as his Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration.[6][7]

Pala had previously served as parliamentary clerk, but resigned that position to stand (successfully) for Parliament in the 2007 general election.[1][8]

In 2009, he publicly supported Eastern Highlands Provincial Governor Malcolm Smith Kela who petitioned the government to "intervene to protect our citizens of [sic] the action of Asian businessmen", whom he claimed had "exploited locals" by selling "cheap goods and counterfeit products", and by forcing employees to work long hours for low wages. Pala added that locals should be assisted in setting up their own businesses: there was a "need to support our education system, to create some of the basics of how to make money, how to run a business and how to understand the commercial and business system in the schools".[9]

In January 2012, he joined Don Polye's new Triumph Heritage Empowerment Rural Party.[10]


  1. ^ a b "PNG gets new Attorney General and Justice Minister". Radio New Zealand International. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ano Pala replaces Marat as PNG attorney general", The National, 7 May 2010
  3. ^ "Papua New Guinea cabinet listing", Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 22 March 2010
  4. ^ "PNG govt splits, four ministers defect", The Age, 19 July 2010
  6. ^ "16 first time MPs get into Cabinet", Post-Courier, 9 August 2011
  7. ^ Cabinet of Papua New Guinea, CIA Factbook, 18 August 2011
  8. ^ "Sacked A-G 'breached cabinet solidarity'", Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 7 May 2010
  9. ^ "Some PNG MPs show support for anti-Asian sentiment", ABC Radio Australia, 20 May 2009
  10. ^ "New party launched", Post Courier, 24 January 2012