JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – President Joko Widodo on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 20) installs H.M. Prasetyo as new Attorney General. Prasetyo was a junior attorney at the Attorney General office for 2005-2006 period.
Prior to his appointment, Prasetyo was a legislator for period of 2014-2019 from National Democratic Party (Nasdem), which is found chaired by Surya Paloh, a supporter of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla during the presidential election.
Prasetyo on Thursday immediately announced his resignation as a legislator following his appointment as new Attorney General. His appointment sparked protests from the public, arguing that the appointment may cause the Attorney General to be tainted with political intervention that could benefit the ruling party.
Minister for Justice and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly defends the appointment. He believes that President Joko Widodo has gone through a tight selection procedure before making the appointment.
Early on Wednesday, President Joko Widodo also installed Basuki T. Purnama as new governor of DKI Jakarta province amid wide protests from claimed muslim groups, in particular Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defender Front/FPI).
Basuki Purnama, better known as Ahok, is the first Chinese descent and Christian governor of the capital city in modern era. (*)