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Jakarta Post

New deputy ‘must have good chemistry’ with Jakarta governor

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 12, 2018   /   08:02 pm
New deputy ‘must have good chemistry’ with Jakarta governor Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Salahudin Uno submits his resignation letter to Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan on Friday, 10 August 2018. He will run alongside Prabowo Subianto in the 2019 presidential election. (JP/Gisela Swaragita)

The head of Jakarta’s chapter of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Sakhir Purnomo, said he expected the replacement of departing Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno to have a good chemistry with Governor Anies Baswedan.

“Anyone replacing Sandiaga should have a good chemistry with the governor,” he said on Sunday, as quoted by, adding that input from Anies would be taken into account.

He said he expected an immediate meeting between his party and Gerindra, the party that had backed the pair during the gubernatorial election last year, to determine who should fill the vacant position, after Sandiaga decided to run as a vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election.

The final determination of the candidates would rest with the party’s executive board, he said.

“Hopefully there will be a discussion between PKS and Gerindra leaders in the near future,” Sakhir said.

Previously, PKS president Sohibul Iman said his party should have a big chance to fill the deputy governor position, as it had let Gerindra’s chairman Prabowo Subianto choose a vice-presidential candidate from Gerindra.

“[Gerindra] should give priority to a PKS [cadre] to become the deputy governor,” Sohibul said.