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PNG Governor General dies

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The Governor General (GG) of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Sir Michael Ogio, passed has died. He was 74.

News of the Late Ogio’s passing was shared on social media on Saturday evening, and since condolences have been flooding in.

#PNG governor general Sir Michael Ogio died today after recent heart problems. Condolences to family & friends of this man of Bougainville — Keith Jackson AM (@PNGAttitude) February 18, 2017 The Sir Michael Ogio was the country’s 9th vice regal. His term was about to expire and he was awaiting a handover ceremony at the time of his passing.

The late GG had heart problems and was sick for a while. In 2015, he underwent a coronary bypass in Singapore and was flown to Brisbane last October for emergency medical treatment.

Before serving as Governor General, the Late Ogio served as the Minister for Higher Education.

Governor Parkop takes swipe at Sir Mekere

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National Capital District (NCD) Governor Powes Parkop has taken a swipe at Sir Mekere Morauta after news of his intentions to re-enter politics.

Governor Parkop published a statement on his Facebook account calling the voters in the nation’s capital not to be misled by Mekere’s rhetoric about why he intends to contest the coming election.

He said Sir Mekere’s move is purely for personal gain and is a desperate attempt for the former Prime Minister to protect his position in the Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program Ltd (PNGSDP) which has become his [Mekere’s] personal cash cow.
Coming back into politics is his desperate attempt to protect his position in the PNG Sustainable Development Ltd that has become his personal cash cow. This is also to level out his personal feud with the Prime Minister, after PM O’Neill took him to court to put an end to Sir Mekere’s corrupt operation of PNG Sustainable Development Ltd. Parkop further said that Sir Mekere, during his 15 years in of…

Sir Mekere to contest 2017 election

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Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta has announced his intentions to contest the 2017 elections, according to blogger Martyn Namarong.

Namarong published a press release on February 14 stating that the former PM was urged by people concerned with the country’s state of affairs for him to return.

Sir Mekere said he had retired from politics five years ago and was enjoying life but felt the concerns of the people.

I hear what they are saying. I share their fears.
 - Sir Mekere Morauta, KCMG
Mekere said people were worried about the future of the country. He said corruption was at scale never seen before, and pointed to problematic system and style of government.

Although having publically aired his intent to contest the elections in the National Capital District (NCD), Sir Mekere has yet to state which seat he would be contesting.

So, I have decided that I am prepared to contest one of the NCD seats provided that by the time for nomination I believe there is sufficient support from al…