Miss World opens in Indonesia after protests

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Contestants of Miss World pageant, from left to right, Vania Larissa of Indonesia, Denise Valerie Ayena of Cameroon, Erin Holland of Australia, Gina Hargitay of Jamaica, Karen Ghraoui of Lebanon, Megan Young of Philippines, Nadyalee Torres of Puerto Rico, unidentified, Miss World 2012 Yu Wenxia, Elena Ibarbia Jimenez of Spain and Jacqueline Steenbeek of the Netherland pose together during a press conference at Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. The Miss World contest will start at the island of Bali Sunday. AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati

BALI — The 63rd edition of the Miss World pageant has opened after protests by Muslim hard-liners confined the event to Indonesia’s predominantly Hindu resort island of Bali.

The opening ceremony Sunday night, which was televised to 186 countries, featured Bali’s Kecak Dance and a parade of all 131 contestants.

Indonesia’s government moved the final round of the event, initially set for September 28 outside Jakarta, the capital, to Bali following protests by hard-line Muslims in Jakarta and other cities.

Rejection of the event has also come from the country’s most influential clerics’ group, the Indonesia Ulema Council.

Those opposed to the pageant argue that exposure of skin by women in such a competition violates Islamic teachings.

Bali is the only Hindu-dominated province in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country.

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  • imongredneck

    Indonesians should chill out.

  • akramgolteb

    Dapat kasi wag na sa muslim na bansa ganapin ang mga pageant na ito. Laban sa relihiyon ng muslim ang pagganap ng beauty pageant. Ngayon dapat nila siguraduhin at higpitan ang seguridad sa Bali. Nagbigay sila ng dahilan para mangulo ang mga muslim dahil hindi rinespeto relihiyon nila. Nakalimutan na ba nila ang Bali bombing noong 2002, target mga dayuhan?

  • Tommy

    Anyone wanting to bash the Indonesians for being overly zealous should remember how we treated Mideo Cruz.

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