James Marape

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The Honourable

James Marape

James Marape, in 2012.png
Marape in 2012
8th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
Assumed office
30 May 2019
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralSir Bob Dadae
DeputyDavis Steven
Preceded byPeter O'Neill
Minister for Finance
In office
2012 – 11 April 2019
Prime MinisterPeter O'Neill
Preceded byPatrick Pruaitch
Succeeded bySam Basil
Minister for Education
In office
16 December 2008 – 2 August 2011
Prime MinisterMichael Somare
Member of the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea
Assumed office
Preceded byTom Tomiape
ConstituencyTari-Pori District
Personal details
Born (1971-04-24) 24 April 1971 (age 48)
NationalityPapua New Guinean
Political partyPangu Party (2019–present)
Other political
People's National Congress (2012–2019)
National Alliance Party (2007)
People's Progress Party (2002)
Spouse(s)Rachael Marape
Alma materUniversity of Papua New Guinea

James Marape (born 24 April 1971) is a Papua New Guinean politician and the eighth Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. He has been a member of the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea since July 2007, representing the electorate of Tari-Pori Open in Hela Province in the highlands.

On 30 May 2019, he was nominated, elected, and sworn in as the eighth Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea by the National Parliament.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

James Marape is a member and leader of the Huli people, one of the country's largest tribes and ethnic groups.[2] Marape’s father was an Seventh-day Adventist pastor [3]and Marape identifies with the church as well.[4][5]

Marape attended Minj Primary School and Kabiufa Adventist Secondary School in the PNG highlands. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Papua New Guinea in 1993, and a postgraduate Honours Degree in Environmental Science in 2000.[6] He was Acting Assistant Secretary of Policy with the Department of Personnel Management from 2001 to 2006.[7]

Marape is married to Rachael Marape, who is originally from East Sepik Province.[8][9] The couple have six children.[8][9]

Political career[edit]

Marape first contested the Tari-Pori seat at the 2002 election for the People's Progress Party, when voting in the Southern Highlands Province was cancelled due to widespread violence.[10][11] He contested the supplementary election in 2003, but lost to incumbent MP Tom Tomiape in a contest marred by the bashing of a polling official by his supporters.[12][13] He challenged the result in the Court of Disputed Returns, but both his initial petition and a subsequent appeal were rejected.[14][15]

He contested the seat for a second time at the 2007 election as a National Alliance candidate and defeated Tomiape.[16][17] He was subsequently appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Works, Transport and Civil Aviation by Prime Minister Michael Somare.[18] He was also given additional responsibilities as Deputy Chair of the Privileges Committee and member of the Parliamentary Referral Committee on Inter-Government Relations.[7] He was Minister for Education from 16 December 2008 to 2 August 2011. In February 2012, he left the National Alliance Party and joined People's National Congress.[7]

He was re-elected at the 2012 election in the Tari-Pori District.[19] He was then appointed as Finance Minister under the O’Neill Government.[20]

He was re-elected at the 2017 election, representing People's National Congress.[21]

On 11 April 2019, he resigned as Minister for Finance, but remained a member of People's National Congress and the Government.[20] However, he resigned from the party on 29 April 2019. Sam Basil was appointed as Minister for Finance on 18 April 2019.[22]

Earlier in May 2019, he was named as a potential candidate in the alternative government for replacing Peter O'Neill as Prime Minister.[23] Peter O'Neill resigned on May 29. Marape was then elected as Prime Minister on 30 May 2019 and was sworn in later that day.[24]


  1. ^ Auka-Salmang, Grace (2019-05-30). . Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. Archived from the original on 2015-06-01. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  2. ^ Armbruster, Stefan (2019-05-31). . Special Broadcasting Service. Archived from the original on 2015-06-01. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  3. ^ https://uk.reuters.com/article/amp/idUKKCN1T30RT
  4. ^ http://www.parliament.gov.pg/index.php/tenth-parliament/bio/view/tari-pori-district
  5. ^ https://www.rnz.co.nz/article/85678691-9149-4a72-9ad6-5be1ee3fec75
  6. ^ . www.parliament.gov.pg. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  7. ^ a b c . www.parliament.gov.pg. Archived from the original on 2019-05-26. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  8. ^ a b Zarriga, Miriam (2019-05-30). . Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. Archived from the original on 2019-05-30. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  9. ^ a b Tarawa, Helen (2019-05-31). . The National (Papua New Guinea). Archived from the original on 2019-05-30. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  10. ^ Bunpalau, Wesley. "PPP names 78 for poll". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, March 28, 2002.
  11. ^ Rheeney, Alex. "SHP candidates urged to await new elections". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, August 12, 2002.
  12. ^ "Tomiape wins Tari-Pori seat". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, May 5, 2003.
  13. ^ "Death threat and bashing for election official". New Zealand Herald, May 5, 2003.
  14. ^ "Tari-Pori petition thrown out". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, October 25, 2004.
  15. ^ "Court dismisses bid to re-open petition". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, May 3, 2007.
  16. ^ "Election losers, supporters urged to accept defeat". The National, August 8, 2007.
  17. ^ "NA's Marape leading in Tari Open count". The National, July 19, 2007.
  18. ^ "Papua New Guinea premier names vice-ministers". The National, August 30, 2007.
  19. ^ . postcourier.com.pg. PNG Post-Courier Online. 17 July 2012. Archived from the original on 1 April 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2012. Re-elected for a second term, Tari-Pori MP James Marape slipped into Port Moresby after being declared at 2pm in Tari.
  20. ^ a b . Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. 2019-04-11. Archived from the original on 2019-05-29. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  21. ^ . The National. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  22. ^ . Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. 2019-04-18. Archived from the original on 2019-05-29. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  23. ^ . RNZ. 2019-05-07. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  24. ^ Lyons, Kate (2019-05-30). . The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
Government offices
Preceded by
Peter O'Neill
Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea