Jokowi submits resignation

Jokowi submits resignation

JAKARTA - President-elect and Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Thursday delivered his last speech as governor before hundreds of councilors in a plenary session on his resignation.

"I want to emphasise that the results of our work are the successful development programs, which have overcome major challenges and obstacles. They were an inextricable part of my predecessors' programs. But the success was not just a success for us. We've also seen an increase in political awareness about the capital and the country's development," Jokowi said in his speech, delivered before a plenary session at the City Council building.

Jokowi also took the opportunity to bid farewell to the people of Jakarta and apologised for any dissatisfaction.

"Nothing is absolutely perfect. I realise that I am only human after all. From the bottom of my heart, as an individual and on behalf of my family, I apologise to all of Jakarta's people and councilors if I ever did wrong during my leadership.

"According to the KPU [General Elections Commission] and the MK's [Constitutional Court] rulings, I hereby submit my resignation. To ensure a smooth transfer of power, I call on councilors to follow up my resignation in a timely fashion," he said.

City Council speaker Prasetio Edi Marsudi of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) - of which Jokowi is a member - promised that the resignation would be processed immediately.

"We have only recently been able to begin talks on the resignation procedure as Council speakers were only inaugurated last week. But we have held leadership meetings on the matter," he said.

Speaking to reporters after the plenary session, Prasetio guaranteed that there would be no motion against the resignation.

"It's done. The Council will approve it," he said.

During an initial leadership meeting on the matter, leaders from the United Development Party (PPP), the Gerindra Party and the Golkar Party - all of which are members of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's Red-and-White Coalition - were absent.

Nine factions at the City Council will read out their responses to the resignation during the next plenary session, scheduled for Monday.

"We will conclude the hearings in Monday's session," Prasetio said.

Deputy Council speaker M. Taufik of Gerindra promised that the party would not try to block Jokowi's resignation.

"We are fully onboard. We were once absent during a leadership meeting but we rescheduled the meeting and we are here today to prove our good faith," he said.

After the City Council approves Jokowi's resignation, the president-elect will submit his resignation to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono via the Home Ministry. After the President approves the resignation, Deputy Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama will serve as acting governor until his expected inauguration as governor.

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