PNG appoints Toropo as new Defence Force Commander

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has announced the appointment of Colonel Gilbert Toropo as new Defence Force commander.

He replaces Brigadier-General Francis Agwi, whose term expired in December.

The Post-Courier quotes Mr O'Neill as saying Colonel Toropo is a highly trained professional soldier who has demonstrated leadership and discipline, rising to the rank of colonel in 2012.

Colonel Toropo, who is 51, is from the Southern Highlands.

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