Tuesday, August 27, 2013

1) Islands in focus: 662 candidates eye 56 seats on Papua council

1) Islands in focus: 662 candidates  eye 56 seats on Papua council 
2) Indonesia to modernize its military


1) Islands in focus: 662 candidates  eye 56 seats on Papua council 
The Jakarta Post | Archipelago | Tue, August 27 2013, 10:38 AM

JAYAPURA: The Papua General Elections Commission (KPUD) has endorsed 662 candidates vying for 56 seats at the provincial legislature for the April 9, 2014 general election. 

Nearly all serving legislative members, who are members of 12 political parties, have registered for reelection.

“They will vie for 56 seats on the Provincial Legislative Council [DPRD],” KPUD head Adam Arisoy announced in Jayapura on Monday.

According to Arisoy, besides endorsing the 662 legislative candidates, the KPUD has also endorsed candidates for city and regency legislative councils across the province. 

Of the 29 municipalities and regencies in Papua, legislative candidates from 25 regions are being processed at the Papua KPUD because the regions do not have KPUD members.

Around 2.9 million eligible voters registered with the Papua KPUD are eligible to vote in the legislative election, while according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Papua’s population stood at 3,144,381 people as of the middle of 2012.

An additional 11 seats will be up for grabs at the Papua legislature for the 2014 legislative election compared to 45 seats in the 2008 general election. The additional seats, said Arisoy, were due to the increase in population. 

The number of electoral districts in Papua will also be raised from six to seven due to the increase in population.



2) Indonesia to modernize its military

Tue, August 27 2013 13:54 | 77 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Army General Moeldoko said modernization of the military equipment will come first in his agenda as a new Indonesian military chief.

"I will prepare a working program to modernize the military equipment," Moeldoko said here on Tuesday after the House of Representative in a plenary session approved his appointment as a new military chief.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has named Moeldoko to replace military chief Admiral Agus Suhartono, who will soon retire. 

Moeldoko said he will also launch a program to improve military education and recruitment system.

He said he hopes the House of Representatives would approve a proposal to increase remuneration for high performing servicemen.

Last week, the army chief of staff passed a fit and proper test by the Commission I of the House of Representatives. 

Tubagus Hasanuddin, deputy chairman of the Commission I said Moeldoko is expected to modernize the military and strengthen its capability . 

On Monday the Defense Ministry said it will form a squadron of Apache AH-64 helicopters to be purchased from the United States.

The ministry made the plan after the US government agrees to sell the high technology helicopters to Indonesia.

"In order to build up our defense we will prepare an Apache squadron as combat helicopters," Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said after a meeting with his US counterpart Chuck Hagel, here. 

Indonesia and the United States will co-hosts the ADMM Plus, meeting on Counter Terrorism Exercise (CTX), to be held on 9 to 13 of September 2013 in the IPSC Sentul, Bogor.

Joint military exercises between TNI and the US armed forces is important to promote the capability and professionalism of the TNI soldiers, Purnomo said.

The meeting will also officially form a new area of cooperation of Experts Working Group (EWG) on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA).

With the new area of cooperation, ADMM Plus EWG will next year has six areas of cooperation -- EWG on Humanitarian Assistant and Disaster Relief (HADR), EWG on Peace Keeping Operations (PKO), EWG on Maritime Security(MS), EWG on Counter Terrorism (CT), EWG on Military Medicine (MM), and EWG on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA).(*)
Editor: Heru


Posted at 05:52 on 27 August, 2013 UTC
A group of Australian activists say threats of force by Indonesia have not hindered their determination to make it to Papua’s shores.
Their three-boat convoy with about 20 activists is planning to reach Merauke in southern Papua in the coming weeks.
Its spokesperson, Ruben Blake, says the threats of arrest, force and naval interception are heavy-handed, but is not surprising as Indonesia has gone to great lengths in the past to keep people out of Papua.
He says he is concerned about the safety of those on board.
“We believe that safety of a group of peaceful protestors who are going there on a cultural mission as well as a human rights mission should be respected. These threats that haven’t been ruling out the use of guns and force is a big concern. People around the world should be absolutely concerned about the safety of the people on board the boats.”
Ruben Blake says the Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, should be offering consular support to the group of peaceful protestors.

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