Cabinet of Papua New Guinea
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The Cabinet of Papua New Guinea functions as the policy and decision-making body of the executive branch within the government system of Papua New Guinea. The Prime Minister and Ministers serve as members of the Cabinet.
Current members of Cabinet
With Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare having been hospitalised for a serious heart condition, leadership of the nation was vested in Deputy Prime Minister Sam Abal in April 2011. In August, following a Cabinet reshuffle which had led three ministers to join the Opposition, the latter brought a successful motion of no confidence in Abal's government. Parliament chose Peter O'Neill to serve as Prime Minister.
On 27 February 2012, O'Neill removed the Finance portfolio from Don Polye, taking it on himself. He cited "the continuing lack of ability by the department and ministry of finance to contain expenditure overruns outside of the budget appropriations". Polye retained the Treasury portfolio, and gained that of Border Development. O'Neill hinted that the Finance ministry would eventually be returned to him, and also hinted at an imminent major Cabinet reshuffle.
In February 2014, the following reshuffle took place. Police Minister Nixon Duban (MP for Madang, National Congress Party) was reshuffled to the position of Minister of Petroleum and Energy, replacing William Duma (MP for Mount Hagen, United Resources Party), who was dropped from the Cabinet; O'Neill suggested that Duma had not adhered to the principle of Cabinet solidarity. Robert Atiyafa (MP for Henganofi) was appointed as Minister for Police. David Arore (MP for the Northern Province, T.H.E. Party) was replaced as Minister for Higher Education by Delilah Gore (MP for Sohe, T.H.E. Party), while Nick Kuman (MP for Gumine) was appointed Minister for Education. It was the first time ever that the country's Cabinet included two women: Delilah Gore, and Community Development Minister Loujaya Kouza (MP for Lae).
On 10 March 2014, O'Neill sacked his Finance Minister Don Polye (leader of the T.H.E. Party, the second-largest party in the government), and Minister for Industrial Relations Mark Maipakai, having accused them of destabilising the government.
In August 2014, Community Development Minister Loujaya Kouza resigned to serve as interim chair Lae City Commission. In a reshuffle, she was replaced by Delilah Gore, who in turn was replaced as Minister for Higher Education by Malakai Tabar. William Duma, ousted from the government in February, was re-admitted, this time as Minister for Transport.
In August 2015 Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development Delilah Gore was suspended for three months without pay after verbally assaulting and threatening a flight attendant who had asked her to turn off her mobile phone on an Air Niugini flight. (Gore was removed from the plane as a consequence of her behaviour.)
In July 2016, Minister for Petroleum and Energy Ben Micah resigned from the government and joined the Opposition. He was replaced by Nixon Duban, who was in turn replaced as Minister for Transport by Malakai Tabar. Tabar was replaced as Minister for Higher Education by Francis Marus (MP for Talasea), who was promoted from the back benches.
Somare Cabinet 2007-2011
The Cabinet contained 28 ministers. They were assisted by 12 parliamentary secretaries, who were not officially part of the Cabinet.
Media comment on the new cabinet focused on the demotion of the previous Deputy Prime Minister Don Polye, the relatively low number of Highlands MPs in Cabinet, and the potential for conflict of interest in the appointment of Belden Namah, a forest landowner and principal of a company involved in logging in West Sepik Province, as Forestry Minister.
The Opposition's shadow ministry was announced on 31 August 2007.
On 14 August 2009, Don Polye was removed from his position as Member of Parliament, and Minister for Works, Transport & Civil Aviation, when the National Court determined that his victory in the 2007 general election was invalid. The Prime Minister assumed responsibility for Polye's Transport and Works ministries as an interim measure until Polye's by-election is held on 9 November 2009, while Culture and Tourism Minister Charles Abel acquired the Civil Aviation ministerial portfolio.
In May 2010, Attorney-General and Justice Minister Allan Marat, leader of the Melanesian Liberal Party, publicly criticised aspects of government policy, and resigned upon being asked to do so by Prime Minister Michael Somare. Ano Pala, National Alliance Party MP for Rigo, was appointed in his place.
This was the Cabinet as of February 2011. (The list of parliamentary secretaries is also accurate as of February 2011. The list of Shadow Ministers, however, is from September 2007.)
|Portfolio||Minister||Minister's province||Minister's party||Parliamentary secretary||Opposition shadow minister|
||Sir Michael Somare||East Sepik||NA|
||Peter O'Neill||Southern Highlands||PNC||Bart Philemon (NGP)|
||Moses Maladina||RDP||Anthony Nene||Isaac Joseph (NGP)|
||Fidelis Semoso||East Sepik||PAP|
||James Marape||NA||David Arore (NA)||Ferao Orimyo (PNGP)|
||Paul Tiensten||East New Britain||NA||(National Planning and Monitoring) Phillip Kikala|
||Gabriel Kapris||East Sepik||PAP||Bonny Oveyara (PPP)|
||William Duma||Western Highlands||URP||Francis Potabe Mulungu (NGP)|
||Andrew Kumbakor||West Sepik||Pangu||Theo Zurenouc (PPP)|
||Paru Aihi||PNGP||Jack Cameron (PDM)|
||Sir Arnold Amet||NA|
||Dame Carol Kidu||NCD||MA|
||Arthur Somare||East Sepik||NA||David Arore||Sir Mekere Morauta (PNGP)|
||Ano Pala||Central||NA||Puri Ruing (PNGP)|
||Benny Allan||Eastern Highlands||URP||Roy Biyama (URP)|
||Philemon Embel||Southern Highlands||Pangu|
||Sani Rambi||Western Highlands||NA||Sam Basil (PPP)|
||Sasa Zibe||Morobe||NA||(Health) Yawa Silupa (NA)|
||Mark Maipakai||Gulf||NA||Byron Chan (PPP)|
||Ben Semri||Madang||PAP||Sam Basil (PPP)|
||Timothy Bonga||NA||Isaac Joseph (NGP)|
||Tony Aimo||East Sepik||PAP|
||Patrick Tammur||East New Britain||NA|
||Job Pomat||Manus||PNC||Koni Iguan (PLP)|
||Francis Potape||URP||Koni Iguan (PLP)|
||Guma Wau||URP||Byron Chan (PPP)|
||Lucas Dekene||NA||(Lands and Physical Planning) Theo Zurenouc (PPP)|
||John Pundari||People's Party||Francis Awesa (PNGP)|
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