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Free Papua Movement’s military and urban civil factions reject Benny Wenda’s government-in-exile

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jayapura, Papua   /   Fri, December 4, 2020   /  02:26 pm
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Benny Wenda(Courtesy of ULMWP/-)

The Free Papua Movement’s military faction, the TPNPB and the urban civilian faction, the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), have rejected the so-called West Papua government-in-exile declared by Benny Wenda, the leader of United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), on Dec. 1 in the United Kingdom. Both the TPNPB and KNPB are part of ULMWP but they occasionally disagree with other factions’ decisions, including those made by Benny. TPNPB and KNPB members are relatively younger than the activists within the ULMWP. Sebby Sambom, spokesperson for the TPNPB, which is led by Goliat Tabuni, said Benny had failed to bring unity to ULMWP and accused the exiled leader of failing to mobilize the people as part of their fight for freedom on the ground. “His claim as the interim president of the West Papua Republic is a result of the ULMWP’s and Benny&rsquo...