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Tourism Minister Wacik Resigns

Faced with an Ultimatum Under Election Laws, Jero Wacik Chooses to Resign the Cabinet to Take Seat in National Legislature.

(9/9/2009) Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik officially resigned his cabinet post on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, clearing the way for his swearing-in as a member of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) on October 1, 2009.

Minister Wacik confirmed to the press that he had formally tendered his letter of resignation to the President via the Minister of the State Secretariat, Hata Rajasa, on Tuesday.

Wacik's resignation was prompted by State election rules that set a September 10th deadline for elected members of the house to accept their legislative posting and resign all other government jobs. [See: Minister or Legislator? Thatís the Question]

When questioned by the press asking if he was prepared to again serve as a Minister and resign his newly-elected legislative seat, Wacik refused comment, saying the composition of the presidential cabinet was 100% the prerogative of President Yudhoyono.

Wacik's announcement will fuel a fierce debate on who's best qualified to serve as next Indonesia's Minister of Tourism of Culture.

The President will be sworn in for his second term of office on October 20th at which time he will announce his new slate of Ministers.