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House-govt meeting on GKI
Yasmin adjourned – again

A joint meeting on the Taman Yasmin Indonesian Christian Church (GKI Yasmin) issue has been canceled again.

The House of Representatives adjourned the meeting, which was initially scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m., at the request of the government as the relevant ministers had to attend a Cabinet meeting at the State Palace at the same time.

“[The meeting has been canceled] because there’s a Cabinet meeting this afternoon,” Deputy House Speaker Priyo Budi Santoso said Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

He said that the ministers due to have attended the GKI Yasmin meeting were Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo, a representative from the National Ombudsman Commission, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan, Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto, GKI Yasmin executives and lawmakers from House Commission II overseeing domestic governance, Commission III on security and VIII on religion.

GKI Yasmin spokesman Bona Sigalingging said the church executives had not been told of the cancellation.

“The church representatives have already departed for the House. Ibu Sinta Nuriyah Wahid [wife of former president Abdurrahman Wahid] will accompany us,” said Bona as quoted by kompas.com.

It is the third time the government has canceled meetings to discuss the GKI Yasmin issue; the ones scheduled for Dec. 13 and 16 last year were also canceled drawing criticism from the GKI Yasmin executives and lawmakers about the lax attitude of the government toward the prolonged GKI Yasmin issue. (mtq)

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