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Moeldoko may resign from Hanura

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, July 3, 2018 | 09:06 am
Moeldoko may resign from Hanura Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko (second left), Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti (second right) and President Joko Widodo (center) address protesting fisherfolk on May 8 at the State Palace in Central Jakarta. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

In a surprise move, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko announced Monday that he was prepared to resign from a leadership position in Hanura.

Moeldoko, who has served as deputy chairman of Hanura’s advisory board since December 2016, said his duties as the head of the Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff required more attention.

“I have considered a resignation because my duties are increasing here," Moeldoko said on Monday. "I suppose that I need [to resign from Hanura] to focus more [on the Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff]."

The retired military general, who was appointed the presidential chief of staff by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in January, said he had never been involved personally with Hanura's daily affairs because he served only on the party's advisory board.

“Thus, my involvement in the party does not make any impact,” he said.

Moeldoko added that he had not yet conveyed his possible resignation to Hanura chairman Oesman Sapta Odang, although he had informed the party's advisory board chairman and former Hanura chairman, Wiranto.

Separately, Wiranto, who is also the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister, claimed he had no knowledge of Moeldoko's resignation plan prior to the announcement. (ebf)

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