20 Jan 2009

Maasat becomes vice president of PNG's Bougainville government

3:58 pm on 20 January 2009

The new president of the Autonomous Bougainville government in Papua New Guinea, James Tanis, has appointed Ezekiel Massat as his deputy.

The newspaper, The National, says this follows lobbying from both Central and North Bougainville regions for their members to be appointed.

Mr Massat, who is a member for Tonu constituency on Buka Island, is a lawyer by profession and was a police minister.

Mr Tanis also has to appoint a new team of ministers for the remaining term of the parliament, which ends in June next year.

The province's parliament is also to choose its speaker to replace Nick Peniai who resigned to contest last month's presidential by-election.