The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno read out his resignation letter to the Jakarta Legislative Council on Monday, coming one step closer to being officially dismissed as he will run as a vice presidential candidate.
“I, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, officially resign as Jakarta deputy governor,” he said at the City Council building in Central Jakarta.
Sandiaga added that he had submitted his resignation letter to Governor Anies Baswedan, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo for due process. As per Article 79 of the 2004 Regional Administration Law, the Jakarta Legislative Council now has to recommend Sandiaga's resignation to the President via the home minister.
Sandiaga would be officially dismissed as deputy governor after the President signs the resignation letter.
He added that he would not be taking leave until the official dismissal, even for the campaign period, in order to avoid bureaucratic maladministration and political intrigue.
“I will miss the waiting room [at City Council], because the food there is delicious and the room always smells of cigarette smoke,” he joked.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, who will work single-handedly until a new deputy is appointed, expressed well wishes for Sandi.
“Meanwhile, we here in Jakarta will continue to execute what we have planned and committed to,” he said.
Sandiaga, a Gerindra Party politician, resigned on Aug. 9 after declaring himself a vice presidential candidate to party leader Prabowo Subianto. (nor)