JAKARTA (Yosefardi) – The upcoming Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, a politician from Prabowo Subianto’s Gerindra Party, stated firmly this morning that he will tender his resignation from his party as a form of critic to Gerindra for supporting the proposal to erase direct election.
“Today I will prepare my resignation letter to quit as a cadre of Gerindra Party,” said Ahok at the city hall, as quoted by Kompas.com Wednesday (September 10).
As reported earlier, Gerindra along with other five members of the Red-and-White coalition supported the proposal to erase direct election of regional leaders.
They also reinstate the election of regional leaders by the Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) at regency/municipality and provincial level on the discussion of the Regional Election Bill (RUU Pilkada) at the House of Representatives (DPR).
Ahok is disappointed with Gerindra’s maneuver along with its Red-and-White coalition on the discussion of the Regional Election Bill at the DPR.
Ahok said Gerindra made a blunder by supporting the proposal to returning the election of regional leaders to be the authority of DPRD, just like a mechanism used during the Soeharto’s New Order years.
The long debate on the Regional Election Bill, meanwhile, continues between nine factions at the DPR and representative from the central government. As earlier scheduled, the DPR is expected to pass the bill into law on September 25, 2014. (email@example.com)