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Garut regent impeached for illegal marriage GARUT, WEST JAVA - The Garut Legislative Council (DPRD) on Friday recommended the dismissal of Garut Regent Aceng Fikri after finding him guilty of violating the code of ethics and breaking the oath of office - for his undertaking of an unregistered marriage with a teenager.

DPRD speaker Ahmad Bajuri said that 45 councilors had agreed to dismiss Aceng from his position, while four councilors abstained. “We will report this decision to the Supreme Court as soon as possible. We recommend the removal of regent Aceng from his position,” Ahmad said after the plenary session as quoted by kompas.com.

"Now let us wait for the court’s ruling,” he added. Prior to the impeachment, the DPRD's special committee spent two weeks investigating Aceng’s illegal marriage scandal.

The team found that Aceng had violated Law No. 1/ 1974 on marriage. The law stipulates that every marriage, including the second marriage, has to be registered. The practice of polygamy, however, could only be conducted with the permission of the wife and under the supervision of a local religious court.

Aceng also violated Article 10 of Law No. 1/1974 for divorcing his teenage wife by SMS. The article mandates that divorce is a legal process that has to be carried out by the religious court.

Aceng married the 17-year-old, identified only as FO, in an Islamic ceremony on July 14 while he was still married to Nurrohimah. He divorced the teenager via SMS four days later, saying that he was disappointed that FO was not a virgin, as he had expected.

In addition to violating the marriage law, Aceng also violated Law No. 32/ 2004 on regional administrations that says that Aceng, as a leader, should act according to the oath of office and the code of ethics.

Seven factions at the council approved the finding of the special committee; while the National Awakening Party and the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) abstained.


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