Job Pomat

Pomat sworn in

Pomat was received by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae at the State House. He was accompanied by Chief of Protocol, Morea Veratau, Clerk of Parliament and Sergeant at Arms.

Also present was Gulf Regional Governor Chris Haiveta, and Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin.

Following the formalities, Pomat was adorned with the attire of the Speaker before a toast was held.

Pomat is currently returning to Parliament where a prime minister will be voted.

Pomat is new speaker

With 106 MPs in the House, Pomat collected 60 to be declared as Speaker of Parliament.

Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat, who was also nominated for the Speaker's post, collected 46 votes.

Ialibu-Pangia MP, Peter O'Neill, thanked Pomat for his appointment and pledged to work with him for the next five years.

Governor for Manus Charlie Benjamin also commended Pomat for his appointment.

Parliament has now been suspended as the Speaker-elect will go the Government House for his swearing-in.