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Indonesian governor to be questioned over second wife

Publication Date : 13-08-2014


The Medan City Council in North Sumatra, Indonesia plans to exercise its right of interpellation against Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho over allegations that he has a secret second wife.

The council’s deputy speaker, Muhammad Afan, said the interpellation had been prompted by the reaction of the public, which had demanded that Gatot's resignation. He said five of the council’s party factions supported the official questioning of the governor.

“Five factions agreed to the interpellation, three factions said no and the remaining two did not join the plenary meeting,” Afan told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

The five factions that agreed to the interpellation were the Democratic Party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the United Development Party (PPP) and the Prosperous Peace Party (PDS).

Previously on Monday, a group of university students staged a rally in front of the council building, demanding that the governor relinquish his position for having a secret second wife and for not spending budget funds in a transparent manner.

Gatot was not available for comment and did not respond to the Post’s text messages.


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