John Giheno (1949 – 20 March 2017) was a Papua New Guinea politician and former government minister.[1] Giheno served as acting Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea from March 27, 1997, until June 2, 1997, following the resignation of then Prime Minister Julius Chan.[2]

John Giheno
Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
In office
March 27, 1997 – June 2, 1997
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralWiwa Korowi
Preceded byJulius Chan
Succeeded byJulius Chan
Personal details
Died20 March 2017
Political partyPeople's Progress Party

Prime Minister Julius Chan resigned on March 27, 1997, following a scandal regarding the hiring of foreign mercenaries to fight rebels on the island of Bougainville.[2] The use of mercenaries by the Chan government resulted in a Papua New Guinea Defence Force mutiny codenamed 'Operasen Rausim Kwik' and riots in Bougainville.[2] Chan stated that he resigned to preserve peace in Papua New Guinea.[2]

The Cabinet chose John Giheno, who was serving as the mining and petroleum Minister at the time, as acting Prime Minister until new elections could be held.[2][3] Giheno served as Prime Minister as a caretaker until new elections could be held in June 1997.[3] Sixteen government ministers in the Chan government, including both Giheno and Chan, lost their seats in Parliament in the June 1997 general elections.


  1. ^ "Former MP John Giheno passes on, son pays tribute". The National (Papua New Guinea). 27 March 2017. Archived from the original on 27 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Premier Named in Papua New Guinea". Associated Press. Los Angeles Times. 1997-03-28. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  3. ^ a b "Papua New Guinea - Politics". Commonwealth Secretariat. Archived from the original on 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
Political offices
Preceded by
Julius Chan
Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
Succeeded by
Julius Chan