Papua New Guinea elects James Marape as new Prime Minister

BYStaff Reporter


After weeks of political turmoil, former finance minister James Marape has been elected as the country’s new prime minister with a thumping majority.

James Marape has been elected the eighth prime minister of Papua New Guinea after Peter O’Neill resigned on Wednesday.

Mr Marape, a former ally of outgoing Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, received an overwhelming majority of 101 votes to eight in the Parliament in Port Moresby, ABC reported.

Mr Marape led the mass defections from Mr O’Neill’s government six weeks ago by resigning as finance minister, over strong differences on government economic policies.

Photos: SBS/ABC

Mr Marape does not intend to serve for long and has plan to quit politics.

“This is about transition of power from the past, to myself and possibly to young leaders coming up to take the country to the next phase”, SBS quoted him as saying after after being sworn in by the governor-general.

“The vote that was conferred to me is beyond words, I am truly blessed, we have almost 90 per cent of elected Papuan New Guineas casting their vote in response to the nomination I received”, he said.