Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman Bertie Ahern (centre) signs the referendum results announcement in Bougainville on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Island of Bougainville overwhelmingly votes for independence in blow to Papua New Guinea

  • More than 176,000 of the 181,000 voters who took part in the two-week referendum that concluded December 6 supported independence
  • The referendum does not guarantee the advent of a new nation, as any split needs to be approved by an act of parliament in the PNG capital Port Moresby
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Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman Bertie Ahern (centre) signs the referendum results announcement in Bougainville on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
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