Abel the big mover in new PNG cabinet

11:53 am on 4 August 2017

Alotau's MP Charles Abel has been promoted in a new caretaker cabinet announced by Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Mr O'Neill was elected as prime minister again two days ago in the first sitting of the 10th parliament.

He has subsequently appointed a caretaker seven-man cabinet featuring Mr Abel as his deputy prime minister.

Charles Abel

Charles Abel Photo: Facebook

The Alotau MP, who is from Mr O'Neill's People's National Congress party, has also been appointed Minister for Treasury, Forestry, Civil Aviation, Sports and APEC and Lands and Physical Planning.

The cabinet gives an indication of the look of the National Executive Council Mr O'Neill will appoint at a later date, and features a return to the front bench of several of his senior political allies.

Mt Hagen MP and United Resources Party Leader , William Duma has his hands back on the Petroleum and Energy portfolio.

For the time being Mr Duma will also handle Housing and Urbanisation, Public Enterprise and State Investments, Transport, Agriculture and Livestock.

Abau MP, and PNC member, Sir Puka Temu has been tasked with overseeing ministries of Public Sector, Education, Health, Higher Education, Science and Technology.

Another PNC MP, Tari MP James Marape is again responsible for Finance, as well as Fisheries, Works, Police and Attorney General and Justice.

The PNC supplies another minister with Richard Maru back overseeing the Trade Commerce and Industry portfolio. He's also tasked with the National Planning Ministry, Labour and Industrial Relations, Communication and Information Technology.

Rimbink Pato will again oversee Foreign Affairs and Immigration, as well as Correctional Services, Defence, Community Development, Youth and Religion.

Mr O'Neill is also responsible for Bougainville Affairs.

A relative newcomer, Johnson Tuke is the Minister of Mining. Mr O'Neill is responsible for Bougainville Affairs.

The care taker cabinet team was sworn in by the Governor General Bob Dadae.

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