Indonesia chief security minister to tender resignation 'soon'

Indonesian Chief Security Minister Mohammad Mahfud MD

© APA | Indonesian Chief Security Minister Mohammad Mahfud MD

# 31 January 2024 12:59 (UTC +04:00)

Indonesia's Chief Security Minister and vice presidential candidate Mahfud MD said on Wednesday he would tender his resignation, a decision his aide said was due to President Joko Widodo taking sides in the campaign for next month's elections, APA reports citing Reuters.

The office of the president did not immediately respond to request for comment on the allegation about his role in the presidential election on Feb. 14, in which he will not compete after having served two terms.

Indonesia's Chief Security Minister and vice presidential candidate Mahfud MD said on Wednesday he would tender his resignation, a decision his aide said was due to President Joko Widodo taking sides in the campaign for next month's elections.

The office of the president did not immediately respond to request for comment on the allegation about his role in the presidential election on Feb. 14, in which he will not compete after having served two terms.

Mahfud is the running mate of former provincial governor Ganjar Pranowo, who is up against ex-Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan and Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto, who is running with Jokowi's son and is leading the race.

Andi Widjajanto, a senior official for Ganjar's ticket, told Reuters Mahfud wanted to resign because he saw Jokowi appearing to support Prabowo's ticket.

"Mahfud thought that the President is getting more and more not neutral in the election, the president is taking sides," Andi said.

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