President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono cannot directly interfere in the dispute between the GKI Taman Yasmin Protestant church congregation and the Bogor city administration as it is beyond his authority, his spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha says.
“Even though the President holds the highest authority, the 2004 Regional Administration Law does not allow the President to interfere with the authority of a regional leader, nor could he dismiss the leader,” Julian said on Monday as quoted by tempo.co.
He added that Yudhoyono had asked Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto to comply with the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed the congregation’s right to hold services at the church.
The mayor has barred the congregation from conducting religious services inside the church for more than two years.
Julian said that the President also instructed Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto and Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi to intensify their efforts to settle the GKI Yasmin case last December.
“It would be unconstitutional to urge the President to interfere. Don’t ask the President to do something unconstitutional,” he said. (iwa)