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Plenary meeting to select Jakarta deputy governor in July: Councillor

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 17, 2019   /   05:25 pm
Plenary meeting to select Jakarta deputy governor in July: Councillor Members of special committee to select a new Jakarta deputy governor hold a meeting at the City Council building in Central Jakarta on May 20. (Tempo/M Julnis Firmansyah)

After several delays and a prolonged tug-of-war, the Jakarta Council has announced that it will hold a plenary meeting in July to select a new deputy governor, a post that has been left vacant for nine months after Sandiaga Uno opted to run for the vice presidency.

The council's selection committee, which consists of 25 councillors representing each faction in the legislative body, is currently developing a code of conduct for the plenary meeting.

“We’ve arranged the schedule. The plenary meeting will be held mid-July,” the committee’s deputy head, Bestari Barus from the NasDem Party, told tempo.co on Sunday.

The council, he went on to say, was compiling case studies and data regarding selecting a new deputy governor in other provinces that had similar experiences as the Jakarta Council.

“We want to visit to Grobogan [in Central Java] for a study tour. Until today, [the new deputy regent] has not been inaugurated. There’s a case in it,” Bestari said.

The Gerindra Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) – supporters of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in the 2017 gubernatorial election – have proposed two candidates to fill the vacant position, Ahmad Syaikhu and Agung Yulianto, both from the PKS.

The councillors are running against time to finish their duties prior the end of the term of the 2014-2019 council in August. (das)