sir michael somare

 

GRAND CHIEF SIR MICHAEL THOMAS SOMARE CGL, GCMG, CH, CF, SSI. KStJ, KSG

1st Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

Bio-Data
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Date of Birth              :           9 April 1936
Place of Birth             :           Rabaul, East New Britain Province 
Occupation                 :           Former Member of Parliament;                            represented the people of East Sepik Province.
                                   Founder of the National Alliance Party(NA)

 

EDUCATION 

  • Sir Michael was raised in Karau village in the Murik Lakes District of East Sepik Province.
  • His earliest education was in a Japanese-run primary school at Karau during World War II where he learned to read, write and count in Japanese.
  • Sir Michael graduated from Sogeri High School with a Leaving Certificate in 1957. This was a teaching qualification at the time, and he then taught at several primary and secondary schools.

PROFESSIONAL

  • Sir Michael became a radio broadcaster based in Wewak in East Sepik Province after transferring within the Public Service.
  • 1968 :           He left the Public Service to contest the elections for the second House of Assembly as a member of the Pangu Party which he had founded with others in 1967.
  • 1975 :           Sir Michael was Chief Minister, becoming Prime Minister when self-government was granted and was a key figure in the preparations for subsequent independence and the preparation and adoption of the Constitution.
  • 1982-1985 :           He was again Prime Minister and won the office a third time in 2002.

Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare – In Office as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea:

  • 1975 – 1980
  • 1982 – 1985
  • 2002 - 2012