24 Dec 2019

PNG makes pitch to Bougainville after independence vote

From , 6:03 am on 24 December 2019

Papua New Guinea's government has made a strong pitch of commitment to Bougainville's future following the autonomous region's historic independence vote.

In its non-binding referendum provided under the Bougainville Peace Agreement, a 97.7 percent majority of Bougainville voted to become independent.

Following the result, PNG's prime minister James Marape travelled to Bougainville, giving a speech that has caused concern in some quarters that the referendum mandate may be derailed.

Johnny Blades filed this report.

PNG Prime Minister, James Marape.

PNG Prime Minister, James Marape. Photo: Facebook / PNG office of the prime minister