Indonesian legislator faces dismissal over adultery

Indonesian legislator faces dismissal over adultery

CENTRAL JAVA, Indonesia - The swearing-in ceremony for the 45 new councilors on Yogyakarta's Bantul regency legislative council on Wednesday was marred with a rally demanding a United Development Party (PPP) councilor be recalled for allegedly committing adultery.

The protesters' coordinator, Suroso, who is also chairman of the Imogiri district branch of PPP, said that what had been committed by the re-elected councilor, Jumakir, went against the Islamic party's principles.

Secretary of PPP's Bantul branch, Agus Condet, said that a fact-finding team had verified the allegation and that Jumakir had admitted to the practicing adultery.

Chairman of PPP's Bantul branch, Bariq Qufron, confirmed that Jumakir had confessed to the allegation that he was in a relationship outside his marriage and that he had yet to marry the other woman.

Separately, Jumakir said he would accept any decision the party made with regard to his situation. "This is an internal matter so let the party handle it internally. Whatever the decision, I will accept it," Jumakir said.

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