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New Bougainville Governor gets down to business

New Governor of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Joe Lera in an exclusive interview with EMTV outlined his five year development plan.

He says he will take the bottom up approach to include leaders at the village level to have a say in the political process.

He already has a 21 page document with specific plans, and developing the human resource is his main focus.

He’s entrance onto the political arena is definitely a game changer for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. He will allow the political process to start at the grass roots level.

He knows that the Autonomous region has its own government and he will work in partnership with President John Momis.

Within the five years of his term, the date of the referendum will fall; he knows that economically Bougainville will not be ready for full pledge independent come 2015.

In his mind he’d rather be an independent MP, but because of financial restrictions he decided to join a party.

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