Merauke, South Papua (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin expressed hope that all people in Papua would keep the political situation calm and peaceful before and during the 2024 Simultaneous Regional Head Election on November 27.

"One of the important agendas this year is the 2024 General Election that was held. In less than six months, we will hold the simultaneous regional election," the VP stated here on Tuesday.

Amin made the statement in a speech at the event "Development and Signing of the Inscription of the Groundbreaking of the South Papua Provincial Government Infrastructure and Facilities Center" in Merauke District, South Papua.

In his speech, the VP expressed optimism that all Papuan people, especially in South Papua, would keep the political situation calm and peaceful.

"Thus, the regional election can run smoothly and produce leaders with integrity who can advance South Papua Province," the VP remarked.

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Amin stated that he traveled to the Papua region on a working visit to assess how effectively the program for promoting the welfare and rapid development of the Papuan people—especially those in South Papua—is going.

"This is a law mandate for the state to be continuously present and oversee various Papua development programs, so that the results can be felt directly by all people in Papua, including in South Papua," he remarked.

VP Amin explained that the regional autonomous policy in Papua is a government’s strategic agenda that should continue to be managed together across ministries and agencies, provincial and district and city governments, as well as between other stakeholders.

In addition, to encourage the acceleration of Papuan development and the welfare of Papuan Indigenous People (OAP), the government has established the Papua Special Autonomous Development Acceleration Steering Agency.

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Translator: Benardy, Kenzu
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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