Papua New Guinea 1999

Yearbook 1999

Papua New Guinea. Visit Countryaah official website to get information about the capital city of Papua New Guinea. About 60 people lost their lives in tribal battles that raged in the Eastern Highlands province in March. The combatants used modern light weapons that were probably stolen from the army.

Map of Papua New Guinea Port Moresby in English

The so-called reconciliation government on the island of Bougainville was replaced by an election in May by a People’s Congress that appointed Joseph Kabui as chairman. The year before, a peace agreement had been concluded between the PNG government and the island of Bougainville’s rebel army, which for nine years fought in vain for independence.

In June, Prime Minister Bill Skate dismissed four of the coalition government’s ministers and replaced them with members of the opposition. Shortly thereafter, nine ministers left the government, and in early July Bill Skate found it too good to resign himself before the opposition had the chance to conduct a planned vote of no confidence. New government leader was Mekere Morauta, leader of the People’s Democratic Movement. Morauta was supported by 99 of the Parliament’s 105 members. The Foreign Minister was appointed veteran politician and PNG’s first Prime Minister Michael Somare, who was also given responsibility for the sensitive issues regarding Bougainville.

Morauta’s measures to stabilize the currency, balance the budget and privatize state-owned companies won confidence with the World Bank, which in November promised PNG a $ 300 million aid program linked to ongoing restructuring. During the year, among other things, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget reduced by 40%, and a temporary ban was introduced on foreign trips for ministers and government officials.


The Supreme Court intervenes

November 30

The opposition’s planned vote of confidence – and thus a looming government crisis – is postponed when the Supreme Court wants more time to decide when the next session in parliament will be held. The opposition wanted a rally on December 1, but loyal members of parliament want Parliament to be closed until April 2021.

Faithful to the government make their counterattack

November 17

Parliament’s loyal members of parliament gather and adopt the 2021 budget and adjourn the next session of Parliament until April 2021. This is done to avoid a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Marape.

Statement of no confidence threatens Marape

November 13

Several ministers, including the deputy prime minister, are stepping down from government cooperation and appear to be moving to the opposition. A majority is voting to temporarily close parliament until December 1, when a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Marape is planned. The challenge against Marape comes a few days before the country is to be visited by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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