JAKARTA : Indonesia President Joko Widodo has nominated central bank governor Perry Warjiyo for a second five-year term, a senior lawmaker said on Wednesday.
Said Abdullah, who is a member of the parliamentary commission that oversees central bank affairs, said Warjiyo is the sole candidate for the top position.
Reuters reported on Tuesday that the president, known by his popular name Jokowi, would nominate only Warjiyo for the post, according to sources with knowledge of the process. A second term for a Bank Indonesia governor is rare.
“We must secure the president’s policy because we are part of the political power supporting the government,” Said, a senior member of the president’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, said, referring to the nomination.
Jokowi’s office, the central bank and Warjiyo did not respond to request for comment.
Warjiyo’s first term is due to end on May 23.
By law, parliament has a month to consider his nomination and could reject it. However, with Jokowi’s coalition controlling more than three quarters of seats in parliament, a rejection is unlikely.
Said said lawmakers would consider a couple of points during Warjiyo’s nomination process, which typically includes a fit-and-proper test, such as his ability to face unpredictable challenges and views on policies such as foreign exchange management.