West Papuan leaders and students congratulate election of PM Charlot Salwai

"We the students of West Papua say thank you to the Republic of Vanuatu for choosing the government of PM Charlot Salwai"
“We the students of West Papua say thank you to the Republic of Vanuatu for choosing the government of PM Charlot Salwai”. Photo: Abeth You/

Papuan students and leaders of West Papua’s Free Papua Movement have sent their congratulations to the newly-elected Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Hon. Charlot Salwai.

The Student Forum Cooperation Groups of Melanesia (FMKRM) congratulated the new Prime Minister of Vanuatu Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, elected at the first parliamentary session in Vanuatu on 02/11/2016.

Mael Alua, administrator of Cenderawasih University (Uncen) Students Consultative Assembly Jayapura said it also congratulates the election of PM Salwai. “We the West Papuan students congratulate the success of Hon. Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas”, said Alua on Monday in Jayapura.

According to Alua, the students take pride in the new Vanuatu PM because the country is one of the Melanesian nations that publicize the repression and human rights violations occurring in West Papua.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Student Executive Board of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of Uncen Jayapura, Yali Wenda, said Papuans should convey a greeting to the new PM, since he will help stabilize the political crisis in Vanuatu.

“We hope that new Prime Minister Salwai and Solomon Islands PM (Manasseh Sogavare) can re-invigorate MSG’s efforts to push the West Papua issue at the international level”, said Wenda, who went on to say that he is pleased that the new Prime Minister is a person who understands the Papuan struggle, along with his Deputy Prime Minister, Joe Natuman.

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) hopes Vanuatu will return to its position as a traditional supporter of the Free Papua Movement. “Congratulations to Charlot Salwai. We knew he was a good man. He and his cabinet are the ones who are always close to us, supporting Papua Merdeka, “said Secretary General ULMWP, Oktovianus Mote last Thursday, shortly after Salwai was elected. Mote added that Papuans should celebrate PM Charlot Salwai and the people of Vanuatu for the smooth and peaceful general election in Vanuatu.
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