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The outgoing President of Bougainville says he is actively campaigning for a candidate in the race to replace him because he has unfinished business.
John Momis was stopped by the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court last month from seeking an unprecedented third term.
Now there are 25 people, including two women, contesting the position.
Momis said he was backing Thomas Raivet, who had been Bougainville's chief secretary.
“I have decided to be involved in the campaign for my nominee for the presidential seat because the next government will have the responsibility to complete what I feel, consciously and strongly, that I began in 1972 when the people of Bougainville sent me on a mission.”
The outgoing president started his political career 48 years ago, three years before PNG became independent.
But his career could be far from over. Momis said he had been assured by Raivet that he would be made a special envoy for Bougainville, with particular emphasis on the negotiations over the independence referendum.
Raivet, while a political newcomer, has been well groomed by both his military training and his Christian values and would handle the job well,Momis said.
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