Bougainville vote could help create world’s newest nation

  • In this April 2018, photo released by United Nations Development Programme, women in the village of Aero, Central Bougainville, come together for a unification ceremony. The Pacific people of Bougainville will on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, begin voting in a historic referendum to decide if they want to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea. The referendum will run over two weeks and is a key part of a 2001 peace agreement that ended a brutal civil war in at least 15,000 people died in the cluster of islands to the east of the Papua New Guinea mainland. (Nick Turner/UNDP via AP)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The Pacific people of Bougainville on Saturday began voting in a historic referendum to decide if they want to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea.

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