President to be off every Friday over campaign

President to be off every Friday over campaign

The Jakarta Post (website) Saturday, March 7, 2009

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will take a leave of absence every Friday for election campaign in accordance with legal provisions permitting state officials to have one day off every week during election campaign periods.

Speaking to reporters after performing Friday prayers, presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said that according to government regulation, the president, vice president, ministers, governors, and district heads were permitted to take a day-off every week to participate in election campaign.

"Especially for the president, his day off every Friday has been coordinated with vice presidential office because Vice President Jusuf Kalla will also take his day off but I don't know what day," Mallarangeng said as quoted by state news agency Antara.

He added that it has also been coordinated with State Secretary Hatta Rajasa.