Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Minister wary of six new Papuan regencies

Indonesian Minister for Home Affairs, M. Ma'ruf, has reportedly asked that six bills on the creation of new local governments in Papua province, proposed by the national House of Representatives, be further clarified before deliberations continue. The six would-be regencies are Yalimo, Central Mamberamo, Nduga, Lanny Jaya, Dogiyai and Puncak. The minister believes none are viable as seperate administrative entities.

"The central government appears overwhelmed by demands for new administrative regions, due mainly to the absence of clear-cut criteria," Hyginus Hardoyo commented in The Jakarta Post.

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