Lapindo inquiry not focused on SBY

Lapindo inquiry not focused on SBY

JAKARTA: Initiators of the proposed House of Representatives inquiry challenging the government’s sluggish move to settle the Lapindo mudflow said Sunday the inquiry was not meant to shake President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

“This (House) inquiry is not politically motivated … it’s a matter of humanity,” lawmaker Djoko Susilo of the National Mandate Party (PAN) faction told news portal.

“Therefore, President SBY should meet our invitation for an explanation.”

Ade Daud Nasution of the Reform Star Party faction said the House’s inquiry was expected to accelerate the settlement of the Lapindo mudflow, which had more than a year ago forced thousands of Porong residents in Sidoarjo, East Java to evacuate mud-swamped areas.

Djoko said they had garnered support from 152 legislators and they expected to secure support from more legislators by Thursday.

The mudflow inquiry is the second of such proposed by the House. The first inquiry was around the government’s support of the United Nations’ resolution in March to give stricter sanctions on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. — JP


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