Sandiaga Officially Steps Down as Jakarta Vice Governor

Kautsar Widya Prabowo    •    27 Agustus 2018 20:18 WIB
political issues (en)
Sandiaga Officially Steps Down as Jakarta Vice Governor
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Jakarta: Sandiaga Uno has officially stepped down from his  position as Jakarta vice governor after reading his resignation letter in front of Jakarta Legislative Council members.

"I step down from my position as Jakarta vice governor," the influential businessman said.

Sandiaga announced the decision after he was picked as Gerindra Party Chairman Prabowo Subianto's running mate for the 2019 presidential election. He submitted his resignation letter before registering his candidacy for vice president at the General Elections Commission (KPU) headquarters.

According to the Election Law, Sandiaga is not obligated to leave his position in the Jakarta administration. However, he doesn't want to divide his concentration ahead of the upcoming campaign period. 

"We will send a letter to President Joko Widodo," Jakarta Legislative Council speaker Prasetio Edi Marsudi said.

Indonesia will hold the first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters will elect the president and lawmakers on the same day.