David Arore

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The Honourable
David Arore
MP
Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology
In office
8 August 2011 – 24 February 2014
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill
Preceded by Paru Aihi
Succeeded by Delilah Gore
Member of Parliament
for Ijivitari Open
Assumed office
6 August 2007
Preceded by Cecilking Doruba
Personal details
Political party Independent (2007)
National Alliance Party (2007-2012)
T.H.E. Party (2012-)

David Arore is a Papua New Guinean politician. He was elected to the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea in 2007, representing the seat of Ijivitari Open. He was re-elected in 2012, unseated by the National Court in May 2015, and re-elected at the resulting by-election in December 2015. He was Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology under Peter O'Neill from 2011 to 2014.[1]

He was first elected to the National Parliament in the 2007 general election, as MP for the Ijivitari Open constituency in Oro Province. Elected as an independent, he then joined the National Alliance Party and was appointed deputy Minister for Education by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare. When a cyclone and floods hit Oro, he was reportedly "on the ground with the people", "carrying a bag of rice, making tea for people". A petitioner having challenged the legitimacy of his election, filing claims against the Electoral Commission, the National Court in 2008 suspended Arore from Parliament, pending a recount of the ballots, but he ultimately retained his seat.[2][3][4]

In July 2010, he and five other party members defected briefly to the Opposition, in a failed attempt to bring down the government. Within a few days, they pledged their support for the government once more, and were accepted back.[5]

At the start of August 2011, he was again among several government MPs to join the Opposition. This time, a successful parliamentary motion of no confidence brought down the government of Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal (standing in for Somare while the latter was hospitalised for a serious heart condition), and Peter O'Neill became Prime Minister.[6] O'Neill appointed Arore as his Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology.[4][7]

In January 2012, he joined Don Polye's new Triumph Heritage Empowerment Rural Party.[8]

On 19 March 2013, Arore stepped down from the government, upon being charged with bribery and graft, in connection with alleged acts during the 2012 general election. He denied the charges, but stepped down until his name could be cleared, in accordance with guidelines set down by Prime Minister O'Neill. Don Polye temporarily took over his portfolio.[9] The corruption charges were dismissed by the district court in June, finding that there was insufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case, and Arore resumed his ministerial roles.[10] Arore was dropped from the ministry in a February 2014 reshuffle, replaced by his party colleague Delilah Gore.[11]

He resigned from the Triumph Heritage Empowerment Rural Party, along with three other MPs, in May 2014, following leader Polye's move to the opposition, having decided to continue to support the government.[12] On 25 June, Arore and the other MPs joined Prime Minister O'Neill's People's National Congress.[13] In October 2014, a long-running feud with Northern Province governor Gary Juffa came to a head when he attempted to install himself as Governor, resulting in the arrest of several of his supporters, with Juffa ultimately remaining in office.[14][15]

In May 2015, the National Court (sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns) unseated Arore, finding that he was guilty of bribery during the 2012 election campaign and that his election was consequently null and void. The court ordered a by-election in his seat.[16] The People's National Congress re-endorsed him for the by-election, resulting in criticism from the Papua New Guinea chapter of Transparency International and in the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier.[17][18] He won the by-election in December 2015 and returned to parliament.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hon. David Arore, MP". National Parliament of Papua New Guinea. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Arore’s funds ‘held’ till after re-count", Post-Courier, 29 April 2008
  3. ^ "MPs’ performance has been on par", Post-Courier, 29 April 2008
  4. ^ a b "16 first time MPs get into Cabinet", Post-Courier, 9 August 2011
  5. ^ "Rebellious six back with ruling National Alliance Party in PNG", Pacific Islands News Association, 27 July 2011
  6. ^ "O'Neill is PM", The National, 3 August 2011
  7. ^ Cabinet of Papua New Guinea Archived August 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., CIA Factbook, 18 August 2011
  8. ^ "New party launched" Archived January 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Post Courier, 24 January 2012
  9. ^ "PNG minister quits over election charges", AAP, 19 March 2013
  10. ^ "Court: Arore free of charge". PNG Post Courier. 24 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "PNG Cabinet reshuffle, Decision based on performance, stability: PM O'Neill". PACNEWS. 25 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Resignations en masse from PNG political party". Radio New Zealand. 21 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Four more PNG MPs join PM O'Neill's party". PACNEWS. 25 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Oro uproar Deputy PM: Vote illegal; Juffa is still Governor". PNG Post Courier. 30 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Police arrest five leaders over fiasco". PNG Post Courier. 31 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Bribing Ijivitari MPs win nullified". PNG Post Courier. 2 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "PNC defends decision to endorse ex-MP Arore". PNG Post-Courier. 6 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "PNG in need of transparent accountable leaders". PNG Post Courier. 6 November 2005. 
  19. ^ "Arore re-election sad day for PNG". PNG Post Courier. 7 December 2015. 
National Parliament of Papua New Guinea
Preceded by
Cecilking Doruba
Member for Ambunti-Dreikikir Open
2007–2015
2015–present
Incumbent