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Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019

The Gerindra Party agree the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) to fill the vacant deputy gubernatorial post

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News24xx.com -  A prolonged tug-of-war between the Gerindra Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) over who is to fill the vacant deputy gubernatorial post ended on Friday, with the nationalist party finally giving a nod to the Islamist party’s nominees.

The two parties have agreed to submit the names of Agung Yulianto and Ahmad Syaikhu, both nominated by PKS, to Governor Anies Baswedan, who is to then ask the Jakarta Legislative Council to choose between the two.

Anies has led the city without a deputy since August last year when then deputy governor Sandiaga Uno left to run as a candidate for vice president.

“Alhamdulilah (thank God), we have agreed and accepted the recommendations,” Gerindra Jakarta chairman Mohamad Taufik said as quoted by kompas.com.

“We met Pak Anies two days ago. We [plan to officially] give him [the names] on Monday morning at 10,” he said.

Previously, Gerindra politicians questioned the quality of the candidates offered by the Islamist party, saying the three nominees – Akhmad Syaikhu, Agung Yulianto and Ahmad Suhaimi – did not understand Jakarta’s urban problems. 

Analysts have accused the Gerindra Party of stonewalling PKS over the deputy gubernatorial nomination as the nationalist party also wanted the position, which they allegedly believed should have been reserved for a Gerindra member.

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 Gerindra leader Prabowo Subianto with Sandiaga and not a PKS leader for the presidential election.

 

 

 

 

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