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West Papua's Wenda steps down

This was decided in the wake of the recent Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders' Summit in Port Vila.

UK-based based Benny Wenda has stood down as president and has been replaced by  Menase Tabuni. Wenda will look after the organisation's foreign affairs efforts.

"I am honoured to be appointed as the new ULMWP president and I will do everything I can to continue our legitimate struggle for independence, Tabuni told Jubi TV.

"We must do this from within West Papua as well as campaigning in the international community. I will remain in Papua with the people while continuing to fight for human rights and my own determination," Tabuni told reporters.

Octovianus Mote is the new vice president and Markus Haluk is the movement's secretary.