Sunday, March 16, 2014

Jokowi does not have to resign from current post, expert says

A political analyst from the People’s Synergy for Democracy in Indonesia (Sigma), Said Salahudin, has said Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the presidential candidate from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) does not have to resign from his position as the Jakarta governor although he will contest the upcoming election.

“If Jokowi just relies on normative rules, then there is no requirement for him to resign [as the Jakarta governor] following his official nomination by the PDI-P,” he said in Jakarta on Sunday as quoted by Antara

According to Said, in the context of government ethics, Jokowi only needs to ask for a permit from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

“The permit letter is partly to fulfill his candidacy requirements to the General Elections Commission (KPU). Jokowi even will be allowed to campaign during the 2014 presidential election campaign period by requesting for unpaid leave to the state,” Said said. Such a requirement was stipulated in Articles 7 and 42 of the Law No.42/2008 on presidential elections.

According to the 2008 law, it is party figures who occupy ministerial positions, such as Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan, which have to resign from their posts if they run in an election. 

“Regional heads are actually also state officials but according to the 2008 presidential election law, only ministers, the Supreme Court chief justice, the Constitutional Court chief justice, Supreme Audit Agency leaders, the Indonesian Military commander, the National Police chief and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders are required to resign,” Said said. 

“Meanwhile, President, Vice President, House of Representatives speaker, deputy speaker and members, judges, heads of non-ministry government institutions, ambassadors, and other state officials are not required to resign.” (ebf)

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