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PNG diaspora celebrates 45th independence anniversary online amid COVID-19 restrictions

PNG diaspora celebrates 45th independence anniversary online amid COVID-19 restrictions

Papua New Guinea celebrates its 45th anniversary of independence from Australia today.

On September 16, 1975 Prince Charles officiated a ceremony in Port Moresby where Australia's flag was lowered and PNG's flag was raised.

The new country became a constitutional monarchy with membership of the British Commonwealth and Michael Somare became the country's first prime minister.

The PNG Prime Minister James Marape has reminded people they should be wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing and to avoid crowds if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Organisations like the PNG Victoria Association have planned an online gathering for the Victorian community over the weekend.

Source: www.abc.net.au
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