Iambakey Okuk

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Iambakey Okuk (1945-1986), politician and businessman. Okuk was born in the Western Highlands District and educated at Mt Hagen and Goroka primary schools and Sogeri High school. He served an apprenticeship as a mechanic with the Department of Works in Port Moresby. Okuk was an early leader of the anti-expatriate highlands National Party which was founded in 1970. He became the member for Chimbu in 1972 and held the portfolios of Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries, Transport, and Education in Somare governments between 1972 and 1976. He was dismissed from the Ministry in January 1976 and became leader of the National Party in 1977 and the Opposition in 1978. From March 1980 until August 1982 he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Civil Aviation and Transport in the Chan Government. Okuk lost the Chimbu seat in 1982 but won an Eastern Highlands seat at a by-election in 1983. He was disqualified from holding this seat in December 1984 but regained it in May 1985 and was Minister for Primary Industry in the Wingti Government from November 1985 until his death in November 1986.

Okuk was aggressively capitalist and attacked the Leadership Code as ”socialist”. He was a consciously disruptive force in the national parliament. His turbulent political career included the unauthorized purchase of aircraft on behalf of the government in 1980. He was knighted in 1986.

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  1. LOOK NORTH POLICY AGREEMENT
    Dear Sir/ Madam,
    Papua New Guinea have to make sure talk about the “LOOK NORTH POLICY AGREEMENT” and arrest those who are involved. Papua New Guinea is politically independence and it is not economically independence.

    For your consideration and response will be highly appreciated.

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