Parliament will rise until Tuesday 3rd, April at 2:00 PM for the 6th Meeting of the Tenth session

Hon. Paias Wingti, CMG, MP.

Ministerial Portfolio

Western Highlands Provincial

People's Democratic Movement

Parliamentary Services

Current: Re-elected to the 10th National Parliament as the member for Western Highlands Provincial in the 2017 General Elections as a Peoples Democratic Movement Party Candidate. Governor for Western Highlands Province, 7th Term in this Parliament.

Past: First elected to 2nd National Parliament for the Hagen Open seat in the 1977 General Elections. Appointed Assistant Speaker and member of Public Accounts Committee. Elected Government Whip in 1977. Member of the Select Committee on Expatriate Involvement in Business Activities from 1977-1978. Appointed Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation from 1978-1980. Re-elected to 3rd National Parliament in the 1982 General Elections for the same seat. Appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for National Planning and Development in August 1982. Appointed Minister for Education. Early 1985 Resigned as Government Minister and appointed Leader of Opposition. With some Pangu Pati members pulled out of the Somare-led government and together with other members from other parties formed and became Leader of People's Democratic Movement after formation of the party . Elected Prime Minister. Re-elected to 4th National Parliament in the 1987 General Elections for the Western Highlands Provincial seat. Re-elected as Prime Minister in August 1987. Appointed member of the Privy Council in 1987. Appointed Leader of Opposition due to change of Government in July 1988. Re-elected to 5th National Parliament in the 1992 General Elections for the same seat. Elected Prime Minister during formation of Government. In September 1993 Resigned as Prime Minister then was re-elected as Prime Minister. Following Court's ruling against re-election as Prime Minister in August 1994, Mr. Wingti became Leader of Opposition in September 1994 . In August 1995, after the Provincial Government reforms, Mr. Wingti stood down as leader of the opposition to be first Governor for Western Highlands. Re-elected to the 7th National Parliament in the 2002 General Elections for the same seat as a People's Democratic Movement Candidate and assumed post of Governor for Western Highlands Province. Listed as Independent following PDM name change to PNG Party in November 2003. Served on the Law and Order Committee between 2002 and 2007. Revived the People's Democratic Movement and subsequently made Parliamentary Leader of that party in May 2007 before the 2007 General Elections. Re-elected to the 9th National Parliament in the 2012 General Elections for the same seat as a People's Democratic Movement candidate. Appointed member of Emergency Committee in August 2012.


Primary Education: Mt Hagen Community School (1960 -1967)
Secondary Education: Mt Hagen High School (1968 -1971)
Tertiary Education: Economics and Political Science, University of Papua New Guinea (1974 -1976)

Achievements: He was a delegate to the Australian Union of Students Conference which was held at Monash University in Melbourne in 1975 and became President of the PNG-China Friendship Society (UPNG) in 1976. Mr Wingti received the Companion of the St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen's New Year's Honour's List in 1988 in recognition of his distinguished service to Government. Appointed member of the Privy Council in 1987
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