The Jakarta Post
The Home Ministry has appointed Klaten Deputy Regent Sri Mulyani as the acting regent, following the arrest of Sri Hartiningsih by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on bribery charges on Dec.30.
In an appointment letter, the ministry stated Sri Mulyani was assigned to fill the power vacuum in the regental administration.
“Yes, we have received a letter from the home minister [Tjahjo Kumolo] on the appointment of an acting Klaten regent dated Jan.5. There will be no inauguration ceremony, however,” Klaten administration secretary Jaka Jaswaldi said Thursday.
Commenting on her appointment, Sri Mulyani said it was the Klaten Rank and Promotion Agency (Baperjakat) that had proposed her as acting regent. The proposal was submitted to the Home Ministry one day after the arrest of Sri Hartiningsih, she said.
“It’s just today [Thursday] that I received news that the acting regent appointed is me,” said Sri Mulyani.
Sri Mulyani said she would soon inaugurate new officials of regional working units in the Klaten administration.
The inauguration of the officials is considered one of the most pressing matters because it is related to the organizing of the government administration, including the payment of civil servant salaries.
The inauguration of 803 new officials scheduled for Dec.30 was delayed because of the regent’s arrest, which led to a delay in civil servant salary payments.
“My first task as an acting regent is to immediately inaugurate the new officials so that the civil servant salaries can soon be paid. I’m discussing the right time,” said Sri Mulyani. (ebf)
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