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Alcohol To Be Banned In Indonesia As Islamic Hardline Group Wins In Court

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Sales and distribution of alcohol could be banned in some parts of Indonesia after Muslim hardliners won a Supreme Court victory, an official said Friday.

While it is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, the sale of alcohol for the small number who drink and tourists has until now been allowed.

Some local authorities, where Islamic hardliners are influential, introduced bylaws banning the sale and distribution of alcohol.

But these could never be enforced due to a 1997 presidential decree prohibiting local governments taking it upon themselves to ban the sale of alcohol.

Now a prominent hardline group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), has succeeded in getting the decree overturned in a judicial review at the Supreme Court, a spokesman for the court said.

Spokesman Ridwan Mansyur told AFP: “The Supreme Court has accepted the judicial review filed by the FPI … as the presidential decree … failed to bring peace and public order to Indonesian communities.”

The court issued the ruling in mid-June but it was only made public in recent days.

The FPI, notorious for conducting raids on “sinful” bars and nightclubs, hailed the victory, which will allow local authorities to enforce the bylaws.

“All Indonesian Muslims are overjoyed,” said the head of the FPI’s Jakarta branch, Salim Alatas.

“The ruling has saved generations from the negative impact of alcohol.”

Reydonnizar Moenek, a senior interior ministry official, said a number of local authorities had issued the bylaws although he did not know how many.

The Jakarta Post newspaper reported that 22 regencies and municipalities, including several in and around the capital Jakarta, had issued the bans.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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