President Jokowi Backs Minister on West Java Acting Governor Appointment

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 21 Juni 2018
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President Jokowi answers the press’ questions after inspects the construction of Runway 3, at Soekarno Hatta Airport, Cengkareng, Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday (21/6). (Photo by: Agung/Public Relations).

President Jokowi answers the press’ questions after inspects the construction of Runway 3, at Soekarno Hatta Airport, Cengkareng, Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday (21/6). (Photo by: Agung/Public Relations).

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has stated that in the appointment of Commissioner General Police M. Iriawan as Acting Governor of West Java, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo has previously studied, evaluated, and considered the decision.

“Minister of Home Affairs certainly has studied, evaluated, and considered the decision on the proposal to appoint Acting Governor of West Java,” the President said to journalist after inspecting on Runway 3 and East Cross Taxiway constructions at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten, Thursday (21/6).

President Jokowi advised the journalists to ask to Tjahjo Kumolo for more details on the appointment and also confirmed that the recommendation of Iriawan comes from Ministry of Home Affairs.

In the meantime, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo said that Presidential Decree Number 106/P of 2018 on the Inauguration of Dismissal of the Governor/Deputy Governor of West Java for 2013-2018 term and Appointment of Acting Governor of West Java signed by President Joko Widodo on 8 June 2018 as well as his inauguration at the Merdeka Building, Bandung, Monday (18/6) is in accordance with the Law.

He added that a team from Ministry of Home Affairs when discussing the appointment of Acting Governor of West Java has reviewed a number of laws, namely Law on Management of State Apparatus, Law on Election, to Law on Police and Regulation of Minister of Home Affairs on the rules of regional head leave.

The recommendation was submitted to Secretariat of State in to be made as Presidential Decree.

“As a Minister of Home Affairs, I cannot possibly inaugurate someone without a legal basis. I will be dismissed by the President if I violate it. I also cannot recommend a name if it violates the rules,” Tjahjo said in Bandung, West Java, Monday (18/6).

The Minister added that he is not worried if the decision creates a controversy and considered it as a something common with pros and cons. He added that the most important thing for him is that the decision taken is not against the law.

“I will not suggest a candidate that will put the President in trouble. The candidate I recommend to President Jokowi is in accordance with the Law,” Tjahjo said. (FID/AGG/ES) (GWH/EP/Naster)

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