25 Aug 2014

Indonesia's new leader plans Papua palace

4:07 pm on 25 August 2014

Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo has promised to build a presidential palace on the shores of Papua's picturesque Lake Sentani as a sign he will pay more attention to the region.

Fairfax reports that Mr Joko's plan, which would include regular meetings for dialogue with Papuan leaders, has met a mixed reception from senior local figures.

In early August, Mr Joko, called a meeting with about 30 Papuan politicians and religious leaders and laid out a plan designed to increase dialogue and contact between the capital and Indonesia's easternmost province.

He also told the group the construction of a new presidential palace on the lakeside near Jayapura would symbolise the presence of the central government in Papua.