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Governor-General of Papua New Guinea

Governor-General of Papua New Guinea
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Incumbent
Sir Robert Dadae

since 28 February 2017
Viceroy
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceGovernment House, Papua New Guinea
AppointerMonarch of Papua New Guinea
Term lengthAt His/Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation16 September 1975
First holderJohn Guise
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The governor-general of Papua New Guinea is the representative of Papua New Guinean monarch, known in Tok Pisin as 'Missis Kwin'.

Name

As in all other Commonwealth realms except Canada, the vice-regal officer's title is spelt with a hyphen. The plural is governors-general.

Appointment

Government House in Port Moresby, early 1900s, before Australia took administration of British New Guinea and changed its name to Papua.

Unlike most other Commonwealth realms, the governor-general of Papua New Guinea is nominated by the country's Parliament,[1] rather than being proposed by its prime minister (as is the convention in the other Commonwealth realms). The appointment is made by the head of state of Papua New Guinea, Queen Elizabeth II, following a simple majority vote of the National Parliament.[2]

The term in office is six years.[3]

To be appointed for a second term, the governor-general must be supported by a two-thirds majority in the National Parliament.[4] No person may serve for more than two terms.[4] Thus far all retired governors-general have been knighted.

If the office of governor-general becomes vacant, the speaker of the National Parliament becomes acting governor-general until a new appointment is made.[5]

Dismissal

The governor-general may be dismissed by either a decision of the National Executive Council or an absolute majority of the National Parliament.[6] No governor-general has been dismissed from office, although in 1991 Sir Vincent Serei Eri resigned from office after Prime Minister Rabbie Namaliu advised the queen to dismiss him.

Governors-general of Papua New Guinea

No. Name
(Birth–Death)
Tenure
Term of office Notes
1 Sir John Guise
(1914–1991)
6 September 1975 – 1 March 1977 Resigned from office to contest election.
2 Sir Tore Lokoloko
(1930–2013)
1 March 1977 – 1 March 1983
3 Sir Kingsford Dibela
(1932–2002)
1 March 1983 – 1 March 1989 Resigned from office.
4 Sir Ignatius Kilage
(1941–1989)
1 March 1989 – 31 December 1989 Died in office.
5 Sir Serei Eri
(1936–1993)
27 February 1990 – 4 October 1991 Resigned from office, due to dismissal instructed to the Queen by the Prime Minister.
6 Sir Wiwa Korowi
(1948–)
18 November 1991 – 20 November 1997
7 Sir Silas Atopare
(1951–)
20 November 1997 – 20 July 2004
8 Sir Paulias Matane
(1931–)
25 July 2004 – 13 December 2010 Elected by the National Parliament (50–46), on 27 January 2004.
9 Sir Michael Ogio
(1942–2017)
25 February 2011 – 18 February 2017 Elected by the National Parliament (65–23), on 14 January 2011. Died in office.
10 Sir Robert Dadae
(1961– )
28 February 2017 – present Elected by the National Parliament (55–36), on 1 February 2017.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Part V" . Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, section 88 – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ "Part V" . Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, section 88(2) – via Wikisource.
  3. ^ "Part V" . Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, section 91 – via Wikisource.
  4. ^ a b "Part V" . Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, section 87(c) – via Wikisource.
  5. ^ "Part V" . Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, section 95 – via Wikisource.
  6. ^ "Part V" . Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, section 93 – via Wikisource.