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Time's up: Outgoing councillors leave deputy governor seat vacant, pass fewer bylaws

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, August 26, 2019   /  09:49 am
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The Jakarta Council assemble at the council building in Central Jakarta during a plenary meeting on June 16, 2015.(kompas.com/Alsadad Rudi)

With new Jakarta city councillors being inaugurated on Monday for the 2019-2024 term, their predecessors are leaving office with a substandard track record for producing bylaws and having failed to select a new deputy governor. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had submitted to the Jakarta Council on March 4 the names of two candidates for the deputy governor position left vacant by Sandiaga Uno a year ago. They are Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politicians Ahmad Syaikhu and Agung Yulianto. However, no progress has been made in the selection process, despite the establishment of a special  committee on May 14 and comparative studies conducted on Riau province, Grobogan regency in Central Java and Riau Islands to learn how to select a replacement deputy governor. According to Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) political analyst Siti Zuhro, one of the factors that ...