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18 Apr, 2015

Indonesian Bill on alcohol ban gets secular backing | The Jakarta Post

Lawmakers from secular parties have added their voices to those of their counterparts in Islamic parties in support of a bill prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Golkar Party and the Democratic Party respectively the largest party and second- and fourth-largest parties in the House of Representatives — have agreed to the deliberation of the bill.

“I see no reason for the bill not to progress. We’ve all agreed to establish controls on the consumption of alcohol. It’s for reasons of health and safety,” the deputy chairman of the House legislative body (Baleg), Saan Mustofa of the Democratic Party, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

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