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People's Progress Party

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Leader  Ben Micah
Founded  1968 (1968)
Founder  Julius Chan
National Parliament  7 / 111

The People's Progress Party is a political party in Papua New Guinea. It is led by Sir Julius Chan.


It was founded in 1968 by Chan, who was Prime Minister from 1980 to 1982 and 1994 to 1997. Chan’s second government was brought down by the Sandline Affair and the party suffered in the elections that year. Chan and acting Prime Minister John Giheno lost their seats, and Michael Nali became the party’s leader in Parliament.

When Chan was not serving as Prime Minister, the party was often a junior partner in a coalition with the Pangu Party. At the 2002 elections, the party won 8 seats, becoming the third largest party. At the 2007 election the party lost half of its seats. However, the party’s original leader, Julius Chan, returned to Parliament, and took over the party’s leadership. Chan ran as the opposition candidate for Prime Minister, but received the support of only 21 of the 109 members of parliament.

The party had 7 members in the 111-seat National Parliament of Papua New Guinea as of November 2016, and was part of the governing coalition of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Current party leaders

  • Sir Julius Chan - member for New Ireland Provincial
  • Theodore Zurenuoc ( member for Finschhafen open (Morobe Province)
  • Ben Micah - party leader and member for Kavieng
  • Former party leaders

  • Michael Nali: led the party while Chan was out of Parliament. Held various ministerial positions including Deputy Prime Minister. Switched from his Mendi Open seat to contest the Southern Highlands Provincial electorate in the 2007 elections but did not win.
  • Dr Allan Marat: 2003-2004 Minister of Trade. Left the party and joined the Melanesian Liberal Party.
  • Andrew Baing: 2004-2006 Minister of Fisheries. Dismissed from Parliament for wrong conduct.
  • References

    People's Progress Party Wikipedia