Regional Councils in Papua’s Eight Regencies Have Not Be Launched


Jayapura, Jubi/Antara – The Regional Legislative Council in eight regencies in Papua have not been launched yet as the members have not inaugurated yet.

The Papua Police Chief Inspector Yotje Mende in the meeting with the religious and community leaders in Jayapura on Thursday (12/2/2012) admitted it.  The regencies are including Supiori, Mamberamo Raya, Mimika, Intan Jaya, Yahukimo and Nduga. However, four of regencies have received the governor’s approval, that is Supiori, Mamberamo Raya, Paniai and Tolikara.

But especially for Tolikara Legislative Council, the Police asked the Papua Governor to postpone the council’s inauguration for security reason. He said the police’s recommendation to postpone the inauguration after police’s investigation on the blockage of Wamena-Tolikara-Mulia highway several times ago.  It is found the incident was connected with the inauguration plan of Tolikara’s councilors.

“People were upset because their candidates who previously been voted but not in the list of councilors. “Because they had strong evidences, this case was taken to the court. So hopely the inauguration would be temporarily suspended,” the Police Chief said.

According to him, the Tolikara Police Chief has succeeded to overcome the blockage after he promised to make a thorough investigation on this case. Therefore, in order to avoid the huge impact, the Police asked the Papua Governor to temporarily suspend the inauguration of Tolikara councilors and wait for legal aspect. ‘If the council would be still launched; the councilors should delay their sworn until there’s a legal aspect,” the Police Chief Mende said. (*/rom)


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