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Jakarta Post

Jakartans must wait longer for next deputy governor

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 9 2018   /  03:09 am

An agreement made last week between the Gerindra Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has not necessarily ended a spat between the two long-standing allies.The two parties, which backed the ticket of the now elected Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno in the election last year, agreed last week to give the PKS the authority to name one of its politicians to fill in the deputy governor seat left vacant in August when Sandiaga started his run as vice-presidential candidate with presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto, who is Gerindra’s chairman.During the meeting, the two parties also agreed to establish a joint body tasked with assessing the candidates for deputy governor through a confirmation hearing or a “fit and proper test”.PKS member and City Council Deputy Speaker Triwisaksana said the confirmation hearing was unnecessary and would only demean his party’s...