Gerindra cadres forbidden to clash over Jakarta deputy governor candidacy
The Jakarta Post
The Gerindra Party has instructed its cadres not to get involved in disputes over the Jakarta deputy governor position. Anyone publicly clashing on the matter will face sanctions, an official has said.
Gerindra deputy chairman Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said on Monday that any heated remarks would only stir tensions between the party and its coalition partner, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).
Both Gerindra and the PKS backed Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno during Jakarta gubernatorial election last year.
“If [any party member] makes a comment that could destabilize current conditions, we will sanction them,” Dasco said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.
Dasco asked Gerindra politicians to patiently wait for chairman Prabowo Subianto to announce a candidate to replace Sandiaga Uno, who resigned as Jakarta deputy governor to run as Prabowo’s vice-presidential candidate in next year’s election.
Gerindra and the PKS have publicly debated over who would fill the deputy governor position.
On Aug. 10, an agreement letter between Gerindra and the PKS was issued, stating that that the position would be given to a PKS cadre. The letter was signed by the head of Gerindra’s Jakarta chapter, Mohamad Taufik. However, Taufik later stated that the letter was not valid. (gis)
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