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Papuan native to lead Freeport: Scholar

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, May 24 2010   /  11:00 am

TIMIKA, Papua: A Papuan figure from native Amungme tribe, Silas Natkime, has secured support from influential Papua People's Assembly (MRP) to lead US-based gold mining firm PT Freeport Indonesia. Silas, currently Freeport senior manager for Papuan affairs, will take over from the gold miner's current president director Armando Mahler, a local figure claims. Amungme figure and young scholar Hans Magal told a media conference in Timika on Saturday the historic change of guard would take place soon. "On behalf of Papuan people I thank the government of Indonesia for entrusting a Papuan native to lead Freeport. I also thank Freeport management for grooming a native to take the company's top post," Magal said. The MRP has issued its endorsement of Silas' promotion as Freeport Indonesia president director in a letter dated April 20. The Regional Representatives Council (DP...