Jakarta – Gerindra Party executive Riza Patria has resigned from his seat as a member of the House of Representatives as he hopes to become the deputy governor of Jakarta.
"I have submitted my resignation letter. The House leadership [should] issue a statement about my resignation soon," Riza said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.
He did not specify when he delivered the letter, saying only that it had been received "a few days ago".
Riza said he would soon submit the required documents to complete his application as a Jakarta deputy governor candidate.
"I have already prepared the administrative requirements. God's willing, I will deliver [the application documents] to Governor Anies Baswedan on Monday," he said.
The deputy governor position has been vacant for more than a year since Sandiaga Uno stepped down from the post in August 2018 to run for vice president alongside Prabowo Subianto in last year's presidential election.
As the political parties endorsing Governor Anies Baswedan and former deputy governor Sandiaga in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, both the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Gerindra are entitled to nominate candidates for the deputy governor position.
To replace Sandiaga, the Jakarta City Council will hold a plenary session on March 23, during which councillors will choose between Riza and PKS politician Nurmansyah Lubis.
Prior to the session, both candidates will present their vision and mission for the capital as well as their work plans to the council. (dpk)