The National- Wednesday, January 19, 2011
PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare has congratulated North Bougainville MP Michael Ogio on his appointment as the ninth governor-general of Papua New Guinea.
Ogio collected 65 votes to win the vice-regal post ahead of Sir Pato Kakaraya, who polled 23 votes, occupying the position left vacant by Sir Paulias Matane following a Supreme Court decision on Dec 22 last year.
Sir Michael said the government was confident that Ogio would serve the office of the governor-general well and would continue to uphold the integrity of this high office.
Meanwhile, Ogio had not moved to Government House to conduct official duties.
He had moved to Holiday Inn while awaiting his swearing-in expected in May when parliament resumes.
He would then travel to England to meet the queen.
Parliament would resume on May 10.
Government House secretary Tipo Vuatha said the clerk of parliament would set the date for the swearing-in which, traditionally, would be held in parliament during a sitting day.