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Papua New Guinea’s new prime minister, James Marape, speaks to media after being sworn in. Papua New Guinea’s new prime minister, James Marape, speaks to media after being sworn in, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, May 30, 2019 (Image from video by Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP Images).

Will Papua New Guinea’s New Leader Make Good on His Reform Promises?

Friday, June 14, 2019

When Peter O’Neill resigned in late May after eight years as prime minister of Papua New Guinea, he left behind a troubled legacy of corruption allegations and economic mismanagement. His successor, James Marape, has pledged to take on corruption and make legal changes to ensure that benefits from the impoverished country’s oil and gas reserves are shared more equitably. But at this early stage, it is not yet clear that Marape will follow through on those promises, says Michael Kabuni, a lecturer in political science at the University of Papua New Guinea. In an email interview with WPR, he explains why.

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