Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa has said she would tender her resignation letter to the President on Tuesday in order to run for East Java`s gubernatorial race 2018.

"God Willing, I will submit my letter to ask the president`s consent and to join the race process and to be officially named as a candidate for the gubernatorial post," she said at the vice presidential office in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Parawansa said she would submit the letter Tuesday afternoon. "This afternoon, but I have to check it whether it has been delivered as I have ordered some to to submit it," she said.

She said she was planning to register at the East Java General Election Commission (KPUD) on Wednesday morning.

The minister has also orally tendered her resignation to Vice President Jusuf Kalla to make way for her to take part in the East Java gubernatorial elections.

Parawansa in the East Java`s governor election will compete with her running mate Trenggalek District Head Emil Elistianto Daqrdak.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated on Monday that he has not received a letter of resignation from Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa who will run for the East Java governorship this year.

"I have not received it. It has reached the minister/state secretary`s table but it has not reached my table," he said while paying a working visit to Kupang municipality on Monday.

Jokowi made the remarks in response to Social Service Minister Parawansa`s wish to run for the East Java governorship this year.

He said he will decide the social service minister`s status soon after receiving the letter.

But he refused to give any comment when journalists inquired about whether he will soon find replacement for Social Service Minister Khofifah.

Parawansa said earlier she will decide whether or not to resign from the Working Cabinet when she registers her candidacy for East Java governor with the Provincial General Elections Commission (KPUD).

"Between (Jan) 8 and 10, bismillah (in the name of God), I and Mas Emil will register with (the KPUD) as East Java gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial candidates," she said referring to Trenggalek district head Emil Dardak.

Khofifah said she has reported her candidacy for East Java governorship to both President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.


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