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Jakarta Post

Figures meet with Anies amid speculation over governor's team recruitment

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 30, 2017   /   05:13 pm
Figures meet with Anies amid speculation over governor's team recruitment Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (center) and Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno (third left) gesture after a handover of office ceremony at the City Council in Central Jakarta after their inauguration on Oct. 16. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Amid speculation over the composition of the Governor's Team for Development Acceleration (TGUPP), several figures were seen visiting City Hall to meet with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Thursday.

Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto, who met with Anies in the morning, claimed there were no specific talks about the about the TGUPP and that only corruption prevention efforts were discussed. 

When asked about the possibility of him being appointed a member of the governor’s team, he said he had not been offered a position.

"If I got an offer [to be a TGUPP member] I might be able to answer, but I cannot answer that now," he said. 

Lawyer-cum-activist Nursyahbani Katjasungkana also visited City Hall on Thursday.

"It was just an ordinary conversation about the prevention of corruption […] and the role of women in preventing corruption," she said.

Anies said on Wednesday that he had signed a new regulation on the controversial TGUPP, which would enable him to recruit 73 team members, as proposed in the city’s 2018 draft budget.

The formation of Anies’ TGUPP has been met with criticism. The City Council has criticized the team’s large membership and budget of Rp 28 billion (US$2.15 million). The current budget is Rp 2.3 billion, with 15 members.

The previous TGUPP regulation capped the number of members at 15. (dis)

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