19 Sep 2003

New Governor General for PNG chosen

10:59 am on 19 September 2003

The former minister of lands Sir Albert Kipalan has been voted in as the new Governor-General elect of Papua New Guinea after a secret ballot vote that eliminated seven other contenders.

The former foreign affairs secretary Sir Paulias Mapane was the runner-up in voting.

The Governor-General position becomes vacant when Sir Silas Atopare's term concludes on November the 13th.

Sir Silas had attempted to stand for his position again but he fell well short of the two thirds majority required to become a nominee.

After Sir Silas was ousted as a contender seven further votes were held to appoint Sir Albert, who is a trained lawyer.

Other notable people to stand for the position were former chief justice, Sir Arnold Amet and former speaker Bernard Narakobi.