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Bougainville independence vote a 'shockwave' for PNG: Ahern

Sydney - The scale of Bougainville's landslide vote for independence has sent "shockwaves" through Papua New Guinea's government, referendum chair Bertie Ahern told AFP Thursday, urging a quick start to talks on secession.

Bougainville voters back independence by landslide

- Voters backing Bougainville's independence from Papua New Guinea have won a landslide referendum victory, according to results released Wednesday -- a major step toward the troubled isles becoming the world's newest nation.

Counting complete in Bougainville independence vote

- The results of Bougainville's independence referendum are set to be announced Wednesday -- with the troubled Pacific islands expected to resoundingly back the creation of a new nation and a break with Papua New Guinea.

Polls close in historic Bougainville independence vote

Sydney - Polls on the Pacific island chain of Bougainville closed Saturday to end two weeks of voting in a historic referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea.

Joyous scenes as Bougainville independence vote starts

Joyous voters in the Pacific island chain of Bougainville cheered and sang as they flocked to the polls Saturday at the start of a long-awaited referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea.

Excitement grips Bougainville on eve of independence vote

Flags touting independence flapped above the dusty streets of Bougainville Friday on the eve of a landmark referendum, as once rebel fighters voiced excitement they may achieve at the ballot box what they could not on the battlefield.

Tears, hope as foes reconcile before Bougainville independence vote

Once-sworn enemies in Bougainville's cruel decade-long civil war are holding a series of reconciliation ceremonies, hoping shared tears and apologies can bury the past ahead of a landmark vote on the region's independence from Papua New Guinea.

Bougainville set to hold long-awaited independence referendum

Port Moresby - The war-ravaged Pacific island of Bougainville will hold a referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea later this year, authorities said Friday, a vote that caps a decades-long peace process and is tipped to create the world's newest nation.

Independence vote delayed for Papua New Guinea's Bougainville

Port Moresby - A referendum that could lead to statehood for the troubled south Pacific Island of Bougainville has been delayed until the end of the year, top officials meeting in Port Moresby agreed Friday.
 

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