The Jakarta Post
Old allies the Gerindra Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) have finally agreed on two names for the prospective new Jakarta deputy governor that they will propose to the Jakarta Legislative Council, a councilor has said.
“The two names have been approved but we can’t announce them yet. Gerindra and PKS have agreed on the two candidates,” PKS councilor Triwisaksana said on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.
Gerindra and PKS were at loggerheads claiming entitlement over the vacant Jakarta deputy governor post following the resignation of Sandiaga Uno, who is running as a vice presidential candidate with Prabowo Subianto for 2019 presidential election.
The two parties, as the winning parties of the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, have the right to nominate two names based on the 2016 Regional Elections Law. The names must be approved by the city council during a plenary meeting, which will later decide on the new deputy governor.
Triwisaksana did not provide further details but said the names were not far from what had been mentioned previously. He also refused to disclose if the names came from each party or from one party alone.
PKS had insisted on nominating its cadres Agung Yulianto and Ahmad Syaikhu, while Gerindra had also considered deputy city council speaker Muhammad Taufik and Prabowo’s niece, lawmaker Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo.
“Most importantly we have made progress. Gerindra and PKS don’t want to push our egos with our own cadres without thinking about Jakarta’s interests,” he added. (ami)