Home > News > Regional
Saturday February 1, 2014 MYT 7:45:00 AM
Saturday February 1, 2014 MYT 7:49:05 AM
Indonesian trade minister Gita Wirjawan reacts after delivering his statement of resignation in Jakarta on January 31, 2014
Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesian trade minister Gita Wirjawan said Friday that he had resigned from his post to focus on a presidential bid in the country's upcoming election.
"I resigned from my post as a trade minister effective on February 1st," he told reporters, adding that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had accepted his decision.
The minister announced his intention in September to stand down and contest the ruling Democratic Party's convention to decide its presidential candidate.
Wirjawan added he would "devote all my time and energy for the success of this noble task."
The winner will represent the party in the July vote, but the nominee will face a tough challenge to stay in power after two terms under Yudhoyono due to its declining popularity amid graft cases implicating high-rank officials.
Yudhoyono cannot run a third time, according to the country's constitution.
Several recent polls showed that Wirjawan has a slim chance of winning the presidential election due to the popularity of the current Jakarta governor Joko Widodo. Widodo has yet to announce any plan to run.
It remains unclear who will replace Wirjawan as trade minister. The resignation of the respected former investment banker may add to business and investment uncertainties in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, which has struggled to cope with its prolonged current deficit and weakening currency.
Tags / Keywords:
Indonesian, trade minister, presidency
Nabbed – 42 illegals who tried to leave country
Fake money syndicates producing ‘super notes’
Indonesian woman claims trial to causing death of countrywoman
Tanker’s injured cook leaves hospital, to assist in probe
‘Stubborn’ tanker hijackers were carrying large amounts of cash
Khmer Rouge leaders begin appeal hearings
Ferry with 173 on board overturns in Philippines
IS attacks kill dozens in Egypt’s Sinai
PM seeks damages from blogger
Celebrate Raya in style with GEMFIVE
The 3 unexpected life events that leave us in debt
Francis Yeoh donates RM4.2mil to struggling Rome opera
Recent incidents alarming, says Baru
David's reign extends to 9th year but Egyptian rival closes
In celebration of The Star Online’s 20th birthday, we’re giving away tickets and vouchers. The fastest submission wins, so hurry!
Hurry, it’s first-come, first-served!
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)