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Kiki, Sir Albert Maori (1931–1993)

Papua New Guinea paid tribute yesterday to one of its oldest statesmen, Sir Albert Maori Kiki, who died in his Port Moresby home on Saturday, aged 62.

Sir Albert played a key role in PNG politics in the lead up to independence in 1975 and was the first Deputy Prime Minister under Sir Michael Somare.

He held the portfolios of foreign affairs and defence before losing his seat in the 1977 election and retiring from politics for a life in business and writing.

His book, Kiki: Ten Thousand Years in a Lifetime, published in 1968, was the first autobiography by a Papua New Guinean.

PNG's Prime Minister, Paias Wingti, paid tribute to Sir Albert and expressed his deepest sympathies to Lady Kiki and other family members.

"Our healthy democratic institutions are permanent proof of the tremendous efforts and long vision of this great man and other founders of our state," he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Julius Chan, described Sir Albert as a "founding father of the nation and a decisive man with a human heart".

"PNG has lost a great man with great vision for PNG," he said. "He will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him.

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'Kiki, Sir Albert Maori (1931–1993)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/kiki-sir-albert-maori-28143/text36987, accessed 16 December 2019.

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