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Jakarta Post

It's 'the murder of Papuans': Local council rejects plan to establish new provinces

  • Benny Mawel

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Fri, November 8, 2019   /  03:26 pm
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State-owned electricity operator PLN workers repair a power pole in Wamena city, West Papua, where violent unrest in late September disrupted the city's electricity supply.(PLN/PLN)

Papuan People’s Assembly chairman Timotius Murib said on Wednesday that the assembly had rejected the government’s plan to create two more provinces in the country's easternmost region. Previously, Home Minister Tito Karnavian said that he already received proposals from local figures regarding the establishment of two new provinces, namely South Papua and Pegunungan Tengah Papua. If the plan is approved, the new provinces would take territory from the region's two existing provinces: Papua and West Papua.   Even though the government is still imposing an overall moratorium on the establishment of new provinces and districts, Tito said that the government would consider the Papuan proposal. However, it turned out that the Papuan People’s Assembly, a state-sanctioned representative council consisting of Papuans, did not agree with the...