JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – President Joko Widodo claimed that in a short time he would appoint Golkar party politician Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita as Minister of Social Affairs.
Agus replaced Idrus Marham who resigned after being caught in a case of alleged corruption in a cooperation agreement for the construction of the Riau-1 PLTU in Riau Province.
"This afternoon I decided that Mr. Agus Gumiwang replaced Pak Idrus Marham," Jokowi said Friday (08/24/2018), after the inauguration of Agus in the State Palace, Jakarta.
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The decision was made after President Jokowi had received the resignation letter from Idrus Marham as social minister.
In the afternoon I also received Mr. Idrus Marham and received his resignation letter because Mr. Idrus wanted to concentrate on dealing with legal issues at the KPK, "he continued.
Although the decision was taken in a short time, Jokowi still considered personal quality.
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He said: Agus is a figure on which an appeal can be made for tasks as Minister of Social Affairs.
"And he at GPO's DPPO also treats the welfare," Jokowi said.
Golkar group leader Airlangga Hartarto said earlier that Agus had been prepared several times for public office, but was always canceled.
Therefore, when Idrus Marham resigned, the name of Agus was chosen.
"Because Mr. Agus is one of the candidates that will be nominated, for example the president of the DVR, and Pak Agus is often prepared, even during the previous public office," said Airlangga.
"It's already on the shortlist, probably in the party," he added.
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Airlangga also emphasized that Agus has much experience as a member of the House of Representatives.
Moreover, he did not register as a legislative candidate in the 2019 elections, so he could concentrate fully on his role as social minister.
"So everything was (Agus) we have prepared to become a national team to win elections," he said.
President Joko Widodo installed Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita as Minister of Social Affairs to replace Idrus Marham.