Seek Ye First Song, /Sidebar/ } max-width: 1200px; } } }); Nations Beyond PNG Are Keeping Close Tabs background-color: #8e0303; font-size: 16px; } color: #252c41; “I am going to rejoice and the bamboo band must play and I’ll dance and go and vote.”. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ background-color: #8e0303; “Another step before that though will take place here in the PNG Parliament, where the government also needs to approve any outcome.”. max-width: 1100px; } Author of the article: Reuters. text-align: center; Bougainville is rich in copper, and possibly gold. Bougainville’s recently elected president, a former rebel commander, will now lead independence negotiations. Following a bloody civil war that ended two decades earlier, 98% of some 250,000 Bougainvilleans voted for independence in December 2019 in a historic but non-binding referendum. { } Polls will stay open for two weeks to ensure those in remote villages have a say, with a result expected in December. .woocommerce ul.products li.product .woocommerce-loop-product__title { Publishing date: Dec 10, 2019 • • 1 minute read. .elementor-widget-posts .elementor-post__card .elementor-post__badge { Photo taken on November 6, 2019 shows former Bougainville Revolutionary Army fighters hugging Papua New Guinea policemen at a Bougainville reconciliation ceremony ahead of … } } .wil-scroll-top { background-color: #8e0303; .nav-mobile a { .utility-description_module__1mldF p { "All along (the desire for independence) was in my blood," he said. background-color: #8e0303; Bougainville Independence Day From The Guardian, (Australia) 9 September 1998. The 1988-1998 war had its roots in a struggle over revenues from the now-shuttered Panguna copper mine, which at one point accounted for more than 40 percent of PNG’s exports. .wil-btn--secondary { Women and children wear traditional dress at a referendum polling station in Buka, Bougainville, on November 25, 2019. .nav-mobile a { Canon Xa50 4k Camcorder, window._wpemojiSettings = {"baseUrl":"https:\/\/\/images\/core\/emoji\/13.0.0\/72x72\/","ext":".png","svgUrl":"https:\/\/\/images\/core\/emoji\/13.0.0\/svg\/","svgExt":".svg","source":{"concatemoji":"https:\/\/\/wp-includes\/js\/wp-emoji-release.min.js?ver=5.5.3"}}; In this photo provided by the U.N. in Papua New Guinea, members of the Bougainville Women's Federation cheer after results were announced in an independence … Who controls that wealth is likely to be vital in determining whether a newly-born Bougainville succeeds. } Bougainvillean separatism dates to the 1960s; conflict over a contentious mine became the primary trigger for the Bougainville Civil War, which lasted a decade and concluded in 1998. max-width: 1600px; margin: 0 .07em !important; “We should not rush things, we should take our time to ensure a good outcome,” he said, adding that a final result “could be five years” away. /*