Here are the three acting governors of Papua New Guinea

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Home Secretary (Mendagri) Tito Karnavian will inaugurate three Acting Governors (pj) of the New Autonomous Region (DOB) of Papua. Between them, they will lead the provinces of South Papua, Central Papua and Mountain Papua. So far, there has been no official statement from the Home Office regarding the three pj figures.

Nevertheless, several wreaths lined up inside the Ministry of Interior compound, Central Jakarta revealed the three pjs that would be inaugurated this morning. Based on Media Indonesia’s monitoring, the three names who will serve as the acting governor of Papua following the split are Apolo Safanpo, Rebekah Haluk and Nikolaus Kondomo.

Apolo will be sworn in as Acting Governor of South Papua Province, Rebekah as Acting Governor of Central Papua Province and Nikolaus as Acting Governor of Papua Mountain Province. Apollo is an academic who serves as rector of Cenderawasih University.

Meanwhile, Riba is the head of Papua’s Social Population and Civil Registry Department. Nikolaus is the head of the Papua Attorney General’s Office.

The congratulatory wreaths that lined up are mainly from officials of the Ministry of Interior. They include Director General (Dirjen) of Regional Administration Development Safrizal, Director General of Regional Financial Development Agus Fatoni, Director General of Regional Self-Government Akmal Malik and Director General of Policy and Public Administration Bahtiar.

The investiture and investiture of the three new governors of the new autonomous regions was carried out less than four months after the promulgation of the three laws (UU) relating to the formation of the three new autonomous regions on July 25, 2022.

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This is in line with what is mandated by the three laws that outline the process for the inauguration of each new autonomous region and the investiture of interim governors to be carried out no later than six months after the enactment of the law.

Some of the obligations that must be fulfilled by the new pj include forming and filling the regional apparatus, facilitating the formation of the Papuan People’s Council (MRP) and facilitating the election of the Governor/Deputy Governor and the DPR for the first time in each province. (OL-12)


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