30 Jan 2006

Leo Hannett becomes new regional MP for Bougainville

5:10 pm on 30 January 2006

The new regional member for the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, Leo Hannett, has vowed to work with the autonomous Bougainville Government to strengthen the peace process there.

The National newspaper reports that following the declaration of Leo Hannett as the winner of the provincial seat, he called on all leaders to work together to develop and reconstruct Bougainville.

Mr Hannett says he will be meeting President Kabui and his government soon to discuss ways to further cement their commitment to work together for the good of all Bougainville and PNG citizens.

Leo Hannett was a former Bougainville premier and one of the first independence activists.

He polled nearly 60 percent of the vote to beat independent candidate Simon Pentanu and four others.