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Jakarta Post

Newly inaugurated PKS lawmaker ready to resign for Jakarta deputy governor seat

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 2, 2019   /  04:02 pm
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The freshly inaugurated lawmakers during a plenary session at the House of Representatives building in Central Jakarta on Oct. 1.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Among the 575 newly inaugurated members of the House of Representatives is a politician from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Akhmad Syaikhu, whose name has been around in the Jakarta political scene since earlier this year. Despite having just been sworn into office as a legislator on Tuesday, Syaikhu said he was ready to step down from the House to fill the long-vacant deputy governor post in the capital. Syaikhu, who also serves as head of the PKS' West Java chapter, is among two candidates proposed by the PKS and the Gerindra Party – political parties that backed Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan during the 2017 gubernatorial election – to fill the vacant deputy governor post. The seat has been left vacant for over one year since former deputy governor Sandiaga Uno resigned from the post to run for vice president in the 2019 presidential election in a p...