President Signs Letter Dismissing Garut District Chief
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has signed the dismissal letter for disgraced Garut district chief Aceng Fikri, Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi said on Wednesday.
“It was signed today,” Gamawan told journalists at the State Palace.
With the dismissal letter signed, Gamawan can now move to discharge Aceng, whose impending removal from office stems from his four-day marriage to a 17-year-old girl.
“I will soon send the dossier to the governor to be followed up by the West Java governor,” Gamawan said, adding that the process would take less than a week.
“This is a mere administrative matter,” he explained.
The Supreme Court decided last month to approve a proposal by the Garut Legislative Council to dismiss Aceng, and Yudhoyono’s signature was the last remaining requirement in the procedure to bring about Aceng’s removal.
The council filed the proposal in December, after Aceng caused a national uproar when it was revealed that he had divorced Fani Oktora, who was 17 years old at the time, just four days after their wedding. The district head ended the marriage via text message.
Since then, Aceng, who allegedly broke multiple laws with his brief and unregistered Islamic marriage, was dropped by the Golkar Party and has faced repeated calls from government ministers and local constituents to resign from office.
Aceng has defied those calls, but has said he will abide by any decision to remove him from office.