President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville

The President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville governs the island, which is an autonomous entity within Papua New Guinea.

President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville
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Emblem of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville
Ishmael Toroama

since 25 September 2020
AppointerDirect Election
Term lengthFive years and renewable once
Inaugural holderJoseph Kabui
Formation15 June 2005
DeputyVice-President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville
WebsitePresident of Bougainville

List of presidents of the Autonomous Region of BougainvilleEdit

The first President of Bougainville was Joseph Kabui,[1] who was elected in June 2005,[1] following the 2000 peace agreement which ended the Bougainville War. Kabui died of an apparent heart attack on 7 June 2008,[1] and Vice-President John Tabinaman took over as Acting President until a new election was held.[2]

Number Name Term start Term end Party
1 Joseph Kabui 15 June 2005 7 June 2008 Bougainville People's Congress
- John Tabinaman (acting) 7 June 2008 6 January 2009
2 James Tanis 6 January 2009 10 June 2010 Bougainville People's Congress
3 John Momis 10 June 2010[3] 10 June 2015 New Bougainville Party
10 June 2015 25 September 2020
4 Ishmael Toroama 25 September 2020 Incumbent Bougainville People’s Alliance Party

Previous regional leadersEdit

Bougainville has been headed by several different types of administration: a decentralised administration headed by a Premier (as North Solomons Province from 1975 to 1990), an appointed administrator during the height of the Bougainville Civil War (from 1990 to 1995), a Premier heading the Bougainville Transitional Government (from 1995 to 1998), the co-chairmen of the Bougainville Constituent Assembly (1999), a Governor heading a provincial government as in other parts of Papua New Guinea (2000 to 2005) and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (since 2005).[4][5][6]

President of the secessionist Republic of North Solomons (1975)Edit

Premier Term
Alexis Sarei 1975

Premiers (1975–1990)Edit

Premier Term
Alexis Sarei 1975–1980
Leo Hannett 1980–1984
Alexis Sarei 1984–1987
Joseph Kabui 1987–1990

Administrators (1990–1995)Edit

Premier Term
Sam Tulo 1990–1995

Premiers (1995–1998)Edit

Premier Term
Theodore Miriung 1995–1996
Gerard Sinato 1996–1998

Bougainville Constituent Assembly Co-chairmen (1999)Edit

Premier Term
Gerard Sinato and Joseph Kabui January 1999 – December 1999

Governors (1999–2005)Edit

Premier Term
John Momis 1999–2005


  1. ^ a b c "Bougainville president Kabui dies". The Age. 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  2. ^ "Funeral for Bougainville leader", BBC News, 10 June 2008.
  3. ^ Laukai, Aloysius (2008-06-11). "Momis sworn in, Caretaker announced". New Dawn FM 95.3. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  4. ^ May, R. J. "8. Decentralisation: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back". State and society in Papua New Guinea: the first twenty-five years. Australian National University. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Provinces". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Parliamentary Education in Bougainville" (PDF). Parliament of Queensland. Retrieved 12 April 2017.