Jokowi Berduka, Pendiri Papua Nugini Wafat Akibat Kanker

News - Chandra Gian Asmara, CNBC Indonesia
26 February 2021 11:30
Then Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Michael Somare speaks during a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Somare, a pivotal figure in Papua New Guinea’s independence and the South Pacific island nation's first prime minister, has died. He was 84. He died Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, after being diagnosed with a late-stage pancreatic cancer and admitted to a hospital on Feb. 19, his daughter Betha Somare said. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia - Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) menyampaikan belasungkawa atas berpulangnya Sir Michael Somare, perdana menteri pertama sekaligus bapak pendiri Papua Nugini.

"Belasungkawa kami yang terdalam kepada pemerintah dan masyarakat #PNG. Bapak Bangsa, Sir Michael Somare," tulis Jokowi melalui akun Twitter resminya, seperti dikutip CNBC Indonesia, Jumat (26/2/2021).




Dalam cuitan berbahasa Inggris, Jokowi menyebut Sir Michael Somare adalah teman sejati Indonesia yang berjasa dalam meletakkan dasar bagi hubungan bilateral antara kedua negara di masa lalu.

"Semoga Tuhan Yang Maha Esa memberikan kekuatan kepada masyarakat PNG dalam suasana duka ini," kata Jokowi.

Sir Michael Somare wafat pada usia 84, pada Jumat pagi waktu setempat. Somare meninggal setelah didiagnosis menderita kanker pankreas stadium akhir setelah dirawat di rumah sakit Port Moresby.

Sir Michael Somare merupakan tokoh integral yang membawa kemerdekaan Papua Nugini dari Australia pada 1975 silam.

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, Michael Somare, Prime then Minister of Papua New Guinea addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters.  Somare, a pivotal figure in Papua New Guinea’s independence and the South Pacific island nation's first prime minister, has died. He was 84. He died Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, after being diagnosed with a late-stage pancreatic cancer and admitted to a hospital on Feb. 19, his daughter Betha Somare said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)Foto: Sir Michael Somare (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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