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Papua New Guinea holds state funeral for president of autonomous Bougainville island

Papua New Guinea holds state funeral for president of autonomous Bougainville island

Hundreds of mourners have filled a cathedral in Papua New Guinea for the state funeral of the first president of the autonomous island of Bougainville.
Joseph Kabui died Saturday of a suspected heart attack. His funeral Tuesday was attended by top Papua New Guinea officials and others.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that the 54-year-old Kabui was a skilled mediator and peacemaker who had a genuine concern for the future of his people.
Kabui had been president since May 2005. He led the Bougainville Revolutionary Army during the 1990s until a deal in 1997 granted wide autonomous powers to his island.
Kabui is survived by his wife, Rose, and four children.


Updated : 2021-06-25 12:00 GMT+08:00