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Jakarta Council to plan plenary meeting on deputy governor selection

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 4, 2019   /   04:40 pm
Jakarta Council to plan plenary meeting on deputy governor selection A plenary meeting at the Jakarta Council in Central Jakarta on July 20, 2017. (kompas.com/Nursita Sari )

Some progress has been made in the Jakarta deputy governor saga, as the city administration submitted a letter to the Jakarta Council on Monday concerning two names proposed to fill the position.

City Council secretary Muhammad Yuliadi told The Jakarta Post on Monday that he had received the letter at around 8 a.m. 

"I received [the letter] at 8 a.m. directly delivered by Jakarta Regional Head and Foreign Cooperation Bureau chief Mawardi," he said.

Yuliadi went on to say that he had informed Jakarta Council speaker Prasetio Edi Marsudi about the letter. 

The council speaker will talk with the council's Consultative Body about the code of conduct and to arrange a plenary meeting to appoint one of the two candidates.

After several delays and a prolonged tug-of-war, the two political parties that backed Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and his deputy Sandiaga Uno during the 2017 gubernatorial election -- the Gerindra Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) -- submitted the two names as recommendations to the governor on Friday.

The two names are Agung Yulianto, 49, currently serving as PKS Jakarta secretary and Ahmad Syaikhu, 54, now PKS West Java head. Both nominated by the PKS. 

The back-and-forth on the issue was a result of Gerindra wanting the position, which it believed should have been reserved for one of its members.

Sandiaga was a member of Gerindra, while Anies is non-partisan.

The PKS, however, insisted that the post be given to one of its members as Gerindra decided to pair its leader Prabowo Subianto with Sandiaga and not a PKS leader for the presidential election.

The post has been vacant since August last year following the resignation of Sandiaga.