PM to Announce Full Cabinet Today
By : Post Courier
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is expected to announce his full cabinet today.
He confirmed yesterday that he will unveil the line up at 2pm today, wasting no time in mapping out the Government’s 100-day plan.
The Government is expected to work with a strict budget this year as Treasury has been given a time frame to work on a 100 day plan towards economic recovery.
This is after Mr O’Neill last week announced his seven-member caretaker cabinet, pledging to name the full list of Ministers before the first Parliament sitting on August 22.
In the caretaker cabinet line up, ruling People’s National’s Congress Party’s Alotau MP Charles Abel was given Deputy Prime Minister and also Minister responsible for Treasury, Forestry, Civil Aviation, Sports and APEC, Lands and Physical Planning.
United Resource Party Leaders’ Hagen Open MP William Duma takes over Petroleum and Energy also in charge of Housing and Urbanisation, Public Enterprise and State Investments, Transport, Agriculture and Livestock.
Another ruling PNC Party man, Abau MP Sir Puka Temu, maintains Public Service including Education, Health, Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.
Mr James Marape: Finance, Fisheries, Police, Works, Attorney General and Justice
Richard Maru, another PNC party member for Yangoru Sausia takes charge of National Planning and Monitoring, Labour and Industrial Relations, Trade, Commerce and Industry, Communication and Information Technology.
United Party Leader and Wapenamanda’s Rimbink Pato maintains Foreign Affairs and Immigration together with Correctional Services, Defence, Community Development, Youth and Religion.
And a new minister, who is also the new deputy leader of the People’s Progress Party’s Johnson Tuke, and Member for Kainantu, will be in charge of Mining, Culture and Tourism, Provincial Affairs, Environment and Conservation including Climate Change.
Mr O’Neill will be in charge of Bougainville Affairs until the full Cabinet appointments are announced before the first session.
All seven were sworn in at Government House by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae late that afternoon and the same is expected today.