Indonesia's parliament set to ratify Asean pact on transboundary haze
Published on Mar 3, 2014 3:39 PM
After holding out for more than a decade, Indonesia's parliament is poised to ratify the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, as pollutant levels in parts of Riau remained hazardous for a second month and spread throughout much of Sumatra.
A Parliamentary committee comprising MPs from eight out of the nine parties met with Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya and senior officials on Monday, and six of these parties - with 363 out of the 560 MPs in the House - were in favour of ratification.
The next step involves tabling a draft bill to formally ratify the pact before a full session of Parliament.
This will happen after the April 9 general election, as the current Parliament's term runs till October.
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