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Jakarta may soon have deputy governor again as Gerindra, PKS call truce

  • Nina A. Loasana and Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 21, 2020   /  07:53 pm
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Gerindra Jakarta executive board chairman Mohamad Taufik (right) and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) City Council faction head Muhammad Arifin (left) pose with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan as they hand over the names of their proposed candidates for the vacant deputy governor post at City Hall on Tuesday.(Kompas.com/Nursita Sari)

After almost two years of getting by without one, Jakarta may soon have a deputy governor again. A new chapter was opened in the selection process when the Gerindra Party clinched back its old position after a long tug-of-war with its erstwhile ally, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). Representatives of the two parties met with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Tuesday to submit the names of two prospective candidates. The hopefuls are Gerindra executive and lawmaker Ahmad Riza Patria and PKS official Nurmansyah Lubis. They replace two PKS politicians – Agung Yulianto and Ahmad Syaikhu – who had previously been proposed to the City Council (DPRD) as candidates. The chairman of Gerindra’s executive board in Jakarta, Mohammad Taufik, and the head of the PKS faction at the City Council (DPRD), Muhammad Arifin, said the two parties had reached an agr...