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Bougainville Votes For Independence From Papua New Guinea In Referendum

Dec 12, 2019
Originally published on December 12, 2019 6:44 am
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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. The world's youngest country is South Sudan, which won independence in 2011. Soon, a new nation could be born. The Pacific island group called Bougainville voted for independence. It was a nonbinding referendum, but after an overwhelming vote, its 300,000 people can try to work out independence from Papua New Guinea. Who knows? Give it a couple hundred years, and maybe that new nation will be as harmonious and stable as ours. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.