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November 16, 2019
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Parliament to digest Referendum Outcome

Parliament will have the last say on Bougainville’s political future, says Minister responsible, Sir Puka Temu.

The Bougainville Affairs Minister told Parliament, that after the referendum, the outcome will be negotiated.

Sir Puka says the PNG Government is receiving assistance from the United Nations for the ratification process.

Temu was responding to a series of questions from Rabaul MP, Dr Allan Marat in Parliament yesterday. Marat is concerned on what methods the PNG Government will use given the limited time frame.

The Deputy Opposition Leader, Dr Allan Marat has demanded clarification on Bougainville’s political future.

The time frame is closing in on both the PNG Government and ABG, given the ABG elections next year with the 4th ABG Government to take office around in June. The Rabaul MP also questioned if Parliament will pass a law to grant independence or not depending on the voting results of Greater Autonomy or Independence.

Bougainville Affairs Minister Sir Puka Temu responded, stating the United Nation is assisting with the ratification process. Bougainville Affairs Minister Sir Puka Temu responded, stating the United Nation is assisting with the ratification process.

Temu says the Bougainville Peace Agreement is non-binding meaning the ratification results will not come raw but will be negotiated on the floor of Parliament.

A secretariat has been established with the Government to allocate funding in the November sitting during budget.

By Jack Lapauve Jr, EMTV – Port Moresby

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