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It's now 'Chief'' Bill Clinton

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton has been made an honorary chief of Papua New Guinea during a visit to promote the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Clinton was made a Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu after a meeting with PNG Prime Minister Michael Somare after signing a memorandum of understanding between the PNG government and the Clinton foundation for it to provide assistance in combating HIV/AIDS in the Pacific nation.

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Logohu means bird of paradise, the national emblem of Papua New Guinea, and the award entitles Clinton to use the honorary title of chief.

Somare said at a news conference the award was given for Clinton's "outstanding leadership for the good of mankind ... and his commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS."

Papua New Guinea has the highest incidence of the disease in the Pacific region with about 2 percent of its population estimated to be HIV-positive.

Clinton left PNG for Cambodia Sunday night on the next leg of his tour to promote HIV/AIDS charities.

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