Prior to his election as Governor-General in June 1999, Lapli was Premier of Temotu Province. He was taken hostage by rebels in 2000, but released after a few days, when the Prime Minister and his government promised to resign. In June 2004 Lapli failed to be re-elected to the position of Governor-General for another 5-year term, receiving only 6 of the 41 votes in Parliament.
As a priest (Church of Melanesia) his title is "The Reverend Father Sir John Ini Lapli, GCMG" and may be addressed as "Sir John", "Father John", or "Mama John" ('mama' being Melanesian vernacular for 'father', a priest).
- "Solomon Islands: New premier for Temotu Province"], Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation radio (nl.newsbank.com), June 20, 1999.
- "Solomons MPs choose new governor-general", Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation web site (nl.newsbank.com), June 15, 2004.
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