6 Dec 2017

New leader but same agenda for Papuan liberation movement

From , 6:02 am on 6 December 2017

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua has elected the exiled independence activist Benny Wenda as its new leader.

Mr Wenda replaces Octo Mote at the head of the premier organisation advancing Papuan independence from Indonesia.

The appointment came in Vanuatu where the Movement held its first major summit since forming there three years ago.

Earlier this year Mr Wenda presented a petition to the UN decolonisation committee claiming 1.8 million signatures from Papua calling for an independence vote.

He told Johnny Blades the Movement's agenda pushing for independence remains the same.

West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda.

West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda. Photo: RNZI/ Koroi Hawkins