Thursday, 14 November 2019

President Jokowi Serious about Capital City Move

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  • President Jokowi delivers a welcome speech at a fast-breaking event with state institution leaders at the State Palace in Jakarta, Monday, May 6, 2019. TEMPO/Subekti

    President Jokowi delivers a welcome speech at a fast-breaking event with state institution leaders at the State Palace in Jakarta, Monday, May 6, 2019. TEMPO/Subekti

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - During a fast-breaking gathering at the State Palace in Jakarta today, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told state insitution leaders that his administration was serious about moving the country's capital city

    “I would like to mention about the capital city move while state institution leaders are present here. We are serious about it,” said Jokowi.

    According to the president, the move was initially planned three years ago and followed by 1.5 years' in-depth studies by the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) on its effect on Indonesia’s economy, social and political climate, and environment. 

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    Among the political figures attending the event was Constitutional Court (MK) Chief Justice Anwar Usman, People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker Zulkifli Hasan, House of Representatives speaker Bambang Soesatyo and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) speaker Oesman Sapta Odang.

    In a limited cabinet meeting on April 29, the president agreed to move the capital city from Jakarta to another province outside of Java Island.

    However, he maintained that he would consult with state institution leaders prior to making the final decision.

    AHMAD FAIZ IBNU SANI