Bougainville referendum: region votes overwhelmingly for independence from Papua New Guinea

Bougainville referendum: region votes overwhelmingly for independence from Papua New Guinea
 

The autonomous region of Bougainville has voted overwhelmingly in favour of becoming independent from Papua New Guinea, paving the way for the group of islands to become the world’s newest nation.
More than 180,000 people in Bougainville, a collection of islands flung 700km off the coast of Papua New Guinea in the Solomon Sea, participated in a referendum over the last few weeks that has been nearly 20 years in the making.
Almost 98% of people (176,928 people) voted for independence and less than 2% (3,043 people) voted to remain as part of Papua New Guinea but with “greater autonomy”.... read more

 
11 December 2019 in World News, Views: 30
Source: Guardian
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