|Vice President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville|
15 May 2007 – 19 January 2009
|President||Joseph Kabui (2007–2008)|
James Tanis (2009)
|Preceded by||Joseph Watawi|
|Succeeded by||Ezekiel Massat|
As Vice PresidentEdit
Tabinaman was a member of the regional House of Representatives for Mahari constituency, elected in 2005 with 42.9 percent of the vote in a five-way race. Tabinaman was sworn in as Vice President of Bougainville on 15 May 2007 and also held the ministerial portfolios for Public Service, Planning and Implementation, and Peace and Autonomy. He succeeded Joseph Watawi, who was demoted after an incident of public drunkenness at Amun village caused a major scandal.
As Acting PresidentEdit
Following the death of Bougainville President Joseph Kabui on 7 June 2008, Tabinaman took over as Acting President until a new election was held. Tabinaman said that the existing procedure of holding a new popular election would probably be followed, while also noting the possibility of a constitutional amendment that would instead allow Parliament to elect one of its members as president. Planning for a new popular election subsequently began; it was held in December 2008, with James Tanis emerging as the winner.
- President pays tribute to Late Tabinaman
- 2005 Autonomous Bougainville Government Election Results[permanent dead link] (Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission)
- "ABG names new vice-president". Island Business. 21 May 2007. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- Tabinaman sworn-in as vice-president Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine (Post-Courier Online, 16 May 2007)
- Drunk Bougainville officials chased from burial site Archived 16 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine (Pacific Islands Report, 27 April 2007)
- "Funeral for Bougainville leader", BBC News, 10 June 2008.
- "Bougainville constitution change mooted to choose Kabui successor". Radio New Zealand International. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- "PNG to fund Bougainville presidential election", ABC Radio Australia, 10 July 2008.
- "Bougainville presidential election shapes up as referendum on mining". Radio New Zealand International. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2011.