MRP waiting for decision from interior minister about its future

MRP waiting for decision from interior minister about its future

(Bintang Papua) The current term of the MRP – the Papua People’s Assembly – is due to  expire on 31 October. According to the chairman, Agus Alua, it depends
on a decision by  the minister of the interior whether the term will be
extended.

Agus Alua said that he had written to the governor to remind him  that
the term of the present MRP is almost at an end. If the term is
extended, he said, and the MRP goes on using state funds, that will
create problems. He explained that according to the mechanisms of the
law, the MRP cannot raise matters with ministers in Jakarta but they can
only raise it in writing with the governor while it is up to the
governor to take the matter forward to the minister.

According to Agus Alua, a draft regulation – raperdasus – on the matter
was now being discussed by the provincial assembly, the DPRP. but there
were apparently two versions of the regulation. One version was drafted
by the governor and the other version was being discussed at UNCEN but
there were differences between the two drafts.in particular with regard
to the number of members of the MRP.

The governor’s version states that size of the body should be two thirds
the size of the  DPRP plus the DPR West Papua which together consist of
100 members. This would mean that the MRP should consist of 75 members
[this is more than two thirds of 100] whereas the other version
provides for a smaller number of members.

Asked whether there would now be two MRPs, one for each of the two
provinces of West Papua, Alua said that according to information he had
heard from the governor, there would only be one MRP for the two provinces.

MRP waiting for decision from interior minister about its future

The current term of the MRP – the Papua People’s Assembly – is due to
expire on 31 October. According to the chairman, Agus Alua, it depends
on a decision by  the minister of the interior whether the term will be
extended.

Agus Alua said that he had written to the governor to remind him  that
the term of the present MRP is almost at an end. If the term is
extended, he said, and the MRP goes on using state funds, that will
create problems. He explained that according to the mechanisms of the
law, the MRP cannot raise matters with ministers in Jakarta but they can
only raise it in writing with the governor while it is up to the
governor to take the matter forward to the minister.

According to Agus Alua, a draft regulation – raperdasus – on the matter
was now being discussed by the provincial assembly, the DPRP. but there
were apparently two versions of the regulation. One version was drafted
by the governor and the other version was being discussed at UNCEN but
there were differences between the two drafts.in particular with regard
to the number of members of the MRP.

The governor’s version states that size of the body should be two thirds
the size of the  DPRP plus the DPR West Papua which together consist of
100 members. This would mean that the MRP should consist of 75 members
[this is more than two thirds of 100] whereas the other version
provides for a smaller number of members.

Asked whether there would now be two MRPs, one for each of the two
provinces of West Papua, Alua said that according to information he had
heard from the governor, there would only be one MRP for the two provinces.

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