10 Aug 2012

PNG's new cabinet announced in its entirety

12:43 pm on 10 August 2012

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has announced his full 33-member cabinet which includes nine first term MPs.

Among the most important ministries, Don Polye retains the Treasury portfolio, Puka Temu is the Minister of Public Service and William Duma retains Petroleum and Energy.

Patrick Pruaitch regains the Ministry of Forestry he held in the Somare government.

Charles Abel has been given the Ministry of National Planning and James Marape the Ministry of Finance.

Byron Chan will again be the Minister for Mining.

Of the new MPs, Rimbink Pato has been given the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration and former union leader Michael Malabag the Ministry of Health.

The former president of PNG's Law Society, Kerenga Kua, an independent MP, is now Attorney-General.

One of the three new women MPs, Loujaya Toni, picks up the Ministry for Community Development, Religion and Family Affairs previously held by Dame Carol Kidu who retired.

Earlier in the week, Mr O'Neill named Leo Dion, the Governor of East New Britain province, as his Deputy.