We hope to have sufficient time to inaugurate the new provinces
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The government will form a regional government and legal umbrella that regulates the percentage of people's representative seats in Papua's three new autonomous regions (DOB), Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister, Mahfud MD, stated.

"The government will start to form the regional governments in the new Papua DOB and also form a legal umbrella or legal instruments for seat of the people's representatives in the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), and Regional House of Representatives (DPRD)," Mahfud noted here on Tuesday.

Currently, the government is discussing the appropriate legal form to regulate these matters, such as by including it in a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu), presidential regulation (Perpres), or government regulation (PP), Mahfud remarked.

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He also revealed that in the near future, the Ministry of Home Affairs will propose to the government regarding the legal form that regulates formation of the government and the seat availability for the people's representatives in the three Papua DOB.

"The Home Affairs Ministry will propose a legal form that will be submitted to us (the government)," Mahfud stated.

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Thus, the government will have sufficient time to regulate all matters relating to the three new autonomous regions of Papua -- Central Papua, Highlands Papua, and South Papua -- especially regarding the seat availability of the people's representatives amid the early preparations of the 2024 Election.

"We hope to have sufficient time to inaugurate the new provinces. We officially have 37 provinces. The law has been passed, and we are waiting for the inauguration. The government will determine the date, the officials for the regional governments, and their transfer and relocation," the minister stated.

Mahfud noted that all these aspects would still require a legal umbrella as a legal binder.

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