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Swear and Swear Again

Governor to Install Regents and Vice-Regent of Buleleng for Second Time

(8/12/2012) Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika will hold a second inauguration for the Bupati and Wakil-Bupati of the North Bali regency of Buleleng, Putu Agus Suradnyana and Nyoman Sutjidra.

The second swearing in ceremony will be held in Denpasar at the governor’s official residence in Denpasar, Jaya Sabha, on Monday, August 27, 2012.

The State News Agency Antara said the decision to hold a second inauguration was made after consulting with the Minister of the Interior and is being done in order to avoid any future problems.

Suradnyana and Sutjidra were initially installed in their roles as regent and vice-regent at a ceremony conducted by the vice-governor of Bali, AA Puspayoga, conducted in Buleleng on July 24, 2012. The governor was unable to preside at that event due to his incapacitation while recuperating from heart surgery in Singapore.

Because some have publicly questioned the legitimacy of the installation performed by the vice-governor, Pastika decided to remove any vestiges of doubt on the new regent and vice-regent's mandate by personally holding the ceremony once again.

Insisting the installation done by the deputy-governor in July was 100% valid, the governor said the August 27th event would be largely a pro-forma affair, done without fanfare of any kind, including the absence of drinks and snacks.