Sultan Yogyakarta to be elected democratically

Posted by David Khoirul

Govermen t has finally decided that Yogyakarta, a city also known as Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY), should change its governor system, where a sultan leads the region; it means that the governor must be elected democratically and not automatically be entitled to the sultan.

The Jakarta Post has the detail:

"The Sultan can be governor if he wants. He can nominate himself as governor and automatically be a candidate. If there are no other candidates, he will automatically become the governor and still be entitled to several privileges," Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi saidn Friday on the sidelines of an awards ceremony at the State Palace.

Gamawan said the bill would guarantee that Hamengkubuwono and other local nobles such as Sri Paduka Pakualam would keep their privileged places in Yogyakarta no matter who was elected governor.

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