Tue, 18 Apr 2000

Locals protect elected regent

PONTIANAK, West Kalimantan: The rally to protest the election of the new Kapuas Hulu regent continued on Monday, but no violence was reported.

Eight members of the local legislature still stayed for protection at the local military headquarters following Saturday's attack by local residents who accused the legislators of accepting bribes in exchange for their vote for Abang Tambul Husin.

Abang, the current legislative speaker, denied the allegations and said the election was fair.

"All 25 councillors cast their ballots according to the rules," Abang said as quoted by Antara.

On Saturday, a mob burned three cars and damaged the meeting room inside the legislative building of the regency situated 861 kilometers away from here.

Security personnel remained at full alert on Monday and kept a close watch over Abang's house.(08)