JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's government is moving the final round of the Miss World pageant from main Java island to the resort island of Bali amid protests by hard-line Muslims against the contest.
The decision, announced Saturday by Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Agung Laksono, makes Bali the sole location for the event, which opens Sunday. The final round was initially set for Sept. 28 in Sentul, on the outskirts of Jakarta, the capital.
Muslim hard-line groups have protested recently in Jakarta and other cities, urging the government to cancel the contest.
Rejection of the event has also come from the country's most influential clerics' group, the Indonesia Ulema Council. It argues that exposure of skin by women in such a competition violates Islamic teachings.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country.
Created: Sat, 07 Sep 2013 12:16:17 EST
Updated: Sat, 07 Sep 2013 12:16:17 EST