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Jakarta Post

Inaugurations carried out under tight security in Papua

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura, Papua   /   Mon, October 16, 2017   /   04:45 pm
Inaugurations carried out under tight security in Papua Papua residents gather to watch the inauguration of Tolikara and Yepen Islands regents and deputy regents on Monday. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

As many as 500 joint security personnel stood guard during the inauguration of Tolikara Regent Usman Genongg Wanimbo and his deputy Dinus Wanimbo by Papua Governor Lukas Enembe at the governor’s office on Monday.

The governor also inaugurated Yapen Islands Regent Toni Tesar and his deputy Frans Sanadi.

The joint personnel from the police and Army were deployed to secure the inauguration, Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Cmr. Tober Sirait said.

The security personnel were assigned to locations where people were expected to gather, such as Imbi Park in Jayapura and the governor’s office.

Those attending the inauguration were required to show their invitation and go through security screenings.  

“We didn't want any clashes during the inauguration,” Tober said on Monday.

Governor Lukas, who represented the home minister, said the elected leaders must represent all residents.  

“Embrace all people” he said in his speech.

Lukas also urged Tolikara and Yapen residents to unite. (rin)