A Messy Election Highlights Papua New Guinea’s Governance Challenges

A Messy Election Highlights Papua New Guinea’s Governance Challenges
Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 24, 2021 (Peter Foley pool photo via AP).

Papua New Guinea’s national elections were marred by violence and disenfranchisement, raising concerns about the state of the country’s democracy. Nevertheless, Prime Minister James Marape’s reelection is a sign of hope for the political system’s continuity. Now Marape’s task will be to meet the public’s high expectations.

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