John Giheno

John Giheno (1949 – 20 March 2017) was a Papua New Guinea politician and 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
5th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
In office
27 March 1997 – 2 June 1997
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralWiwa Korowi
Preceded byJulius Chan
Succeeded byJulius Chan
Personal details
Died20 March 2017(2017-03-20) (aged 67–68)
Political partyPeople's Progress Party
Spouse(s)Julie Giheno

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". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. 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