People’s Progress Party
Published 25th June, 2012
The People’s Progress Party or PPP was founded in 1968 by Sir Julius Chan and can claim to be one of the oldest parties in the National Parliament. It is regarded as a pro-business party.
Sir Julius Chan has been prime minister of Papua New Guinea on two occasions, 1980 – 1982 and 1994 to 1997. Chan’s second government was eventually brought down by the Sandline Affair in 1997 which saw the government using foreign mercenaries to attempt to resolve the political and military impasse in Bougainville.
The party itself started off quite well, winning 20 seats in the 1977 general election. That was their peak, falling to 13 seats in 1982 and 10 seats in both the 1987 and 1992 elections.
In 1997 their fortunes improved and they came first with 16 of the 109 seats but the Sandline Affair saw their numbers drop to eight in 2002 and by 2007 they were down to just five seats.
Currently the party has just three parliamentarians including Sir Julius Chan.
For much of their history the party has participated in coalition governments associated with the Pangu Party when it wasn’t leading them.