The Autonomous Bougainville Government is set to change its name to the Bougainville Constitutional Transitional Government to reflect the people’s vote for independence, says Post Referendum Dialogue and Consultation Minister Albert Punghau. He said that because majority (98 per cent) of the Bougainvilleans had voted in favour of independence in the referendum and the Bougainville government felt the need to change its name to reflect the overwhelming result.
Talks between the Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) are underway to identify issues which will be discussed during the transition period, says Bougainville Regional Member Joe Lera. He told that following the referendum held last year, discussions on nation-building issues such as law and order, public service, poverty, corruption, the economy and leadership began.
The two governments were yet to decide the transitional government – either the new one to be formed next year after the election or the current ABG. “The ministerial task force is working on the transition and the referendum issues. After the transition, the new transitional government will write up a new independent constitution,” he said.