Home Minister Appoints Acting Jakarta Governor

Dheri Agriesta    •    26 Oktober 2016 14:35 WIB
regional election
Home Minister Appoints Acting Jakarta Governor
Soni Sumarsono (Photo: MTVN/Dheri Agriesta)

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has appointed the Home Ministry's regional autonomy director general Soni Sumarsono as acting Jakarta governor.

"I will guarantee bureaucratic neutrality," said Soni at the Home Ministry headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and Vice Governor Djarot Saipul Hidayat will take leave during the official campaign period for the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election.

"I will meet with Pak Ahok. I am ready to listen," Soni continued.

Previously, Ahok refused to take leave during the campaign period. He claimed the campiagn period coincides with the drafting of the 2017 city budget.

The campaign period will be held from October 28, 2016 to February 11, 2017.