VP-elect Ma’ruf Amin will remain in MUI as inactive chairperson

17-Oct-2019 Intellasia | JakartaPost | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Vice president-elect Ma’ruf Amin will remain as chair of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) until after the council’s national meeting next year.

Ma’ruf stated that the decision was made after a meeting with the organisation’s leaders on October 11-13 in West Nusa Tenggara. During the meeting, Ma’ruf said, it was unanimously agreed that he should stay on as chair, albeit inactive.

“They agreed to keep my chair position. However, due to my duties as the vice-president, I will be inactive for a while,” Ma’ruf said, adding that he would perform his duty as MUI chair until the council’s national meeting to elect new leaders next year.

He went further explaining that his current status as vice-president elect did not violate the organisation’s internal policy since Ma’ruf was elected after he became MUI chair.

“During MUI’s national work meeting, the other members talked me out of stepping down from my position until the national meeting,” Ma’ruf said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.

As he will be an inactive chair, two deputy chairmen Yunahar Ilyas and Zainut Tauhid have been appointed as acting chairmen.

“There are people who think [continuing as chair] is against the organisation’s internal policy, but after we discussed it some more, we came to the conclusion that it doesn’t violate the rules,” he added.

The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) is slated to inaugurate on Sunday President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Ma’ruf, who are set to serve as the country’s leadership pair until 2024.



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