7 Jun 2005

Losing candidates in Bougainville election will be included in new administration

10:22 am on 7 June 2005

The victors in the elections for an autonomous government in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville are promising that losing candidates will have opportunities in the new administration.

Joseph Kabui and his People's Congress Party had a resounding victory in the election, though unsuccessful presidential candidate, the former governor, John Momis, says he is confident he can overturn what he call a fraudulent result.

But Mr Kabui says he has re-committed to an election promise that all the presidential candidates made - that they would provide jobs for the unsuccessful candidates, including Mr Momis.

"Bougainville still needs a lot of brains, still needs a lot of hands to get it moving.We definitely will be using Momis and other Presidential candidates. And not only presidential candidates but others who contested."