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PKS lawmaker quits, ordered to recite Koran over porn incident

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 12 2011   /  08:00 am

Arifinto, the Islamic-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) legislator who was disgraced after he was caught watching pornography during a House plenary meeting, said he would resign on Monday.

His resignation came hours after the PKS’ central sharia council slapped him with a list of sanctions.

Arifinto resigned from the House of Representatives amid mounting calls for him to step down.

Photographs showing Arifinto looking at pornography on his tablet computer were widely circulated in the media and on the Internet, leading to an outburst of criticism of the party, which has described itself as “clean, caring and professional”.

“As a co-founder of my party, I am obligated to take responsibility for the sake of the continuity and good image of my party,” he said.

“I would also like to apologize to all PKS members and lawmakers. I will contin...