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Dual citizenship spells trouble for regent-elect in East Nusa Tenggara

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, February 12, 2021   /  03:15 pm
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Workers from the Depok General Elections Commission (KPU) stack ballot boxes at a warehouse in Cimanggis district, Depok, West Java, on Nov. 25, 2020.(JP/P.J. Leo)

Election officials found themselves in a quandary when they discovered that the recently elected regent of Sabu Raijua, a small regency in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), is an American citizen. NTT-born Orient Riwu Kore won the regental election in December last year but had failed to reveal that he had both an Indonesian and United States passport. Indonesian law does not recognize dual citizenship. According to media reports, the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) Sabu Raijua office had suspected that Orient also held a foreign passport prior to the race but was unable to find evidence to confirm its suspicions. The Sabu Raijua General Elections Commission (KPU) declared Orient eligible to run for regent in late September 2020, after having only verified the documents Orient had submitted as requirements, which did not mention his foreign passport. Orient and his running mat...