Bougainville. Papua New Guinea press review

This week, the Government of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB) celebrated its fifteenth anniversary since its inauguration on the 15th of June 2005. The significant event was held at the Bougainville House of Representatives to commemorate the milestone. The authorities declared a public holiday right across the island region. A colourful parade of the Bougainville Police Service was also held during the celebration. ARB leaders including President John Momis were present to mark the 15th ARB foundation day with some of his cabinet ministers and the deputy speaker of the Bougainville House of Representatives Francisca Semoso. School children of Hahela Primary School and Kamarau International School presented the national and regional anthems with the Bougainville police service officers raising the two flags. [1]

However, the President of Bougainville, John Momis, made his public address to mark the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the ARB Government. According to Mr. Momis, Bougainvilleans must work hard for a brighter future and that is to uphold morale and principles, stipulated in the PNG and Bougainville Constitution. [2]

Furthermore, during his last speech in the Bougainville parliament, President John Momis spoke passionately about a political career that began nearly 50 years ago. He spoke of how it began in the early seventies when he was anointed by chiefs in Kieta in a cultural ritual and sent on a mission to help the people determine their own future. Mr. Momis also pointed out that the success to date of the peace process is down to the unity, creativity, and productivity of the people. The ARB President also spoke of the coming consultations on the result of the Bougainville referendum 2019, where the new ARB government will have to consult with the national government. Mr. Momis also encouraged both governments to continue to work together and called Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Hon. James Marape, a responsible leader, who recognizes the Bougainville issue is a national issue. [3-4]

However, the writs for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville elections had been issued this week. Polling starts on the 12th of August and ends on the 1st of September 2020. Counting begins on the 2nd of September and ends on the 15th of September 2020. [5] [1]
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