Awang Faroek Ishak

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Awang Faroek Ishak
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11th Governor of East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 December 2008
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Vice Governor Farid Wadjdy
Preceded by Tarmizi Abdul Karim
1st Regent of East Kutai, Indonesia
In office
1999–2003
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Mahyudin
3rd Regent of East Kutai, Indonesia
In office
2006–2008
Preceded by Mahyudin
Succeeded by Isran Noor
Personal details
Born (1948-07-31) 31 July 1948 (age 65)
Tenggarong, East Kalimantan
Religion Islam

Awang Faroek Ishak (born 31 July 1948 in Tenggarong, East Kalimantan) is the current Governor of East Kalimantan, one of the wealthiest provinces in Indonesia. Awang Faroek assumed office on December 2008.

Early life[edit]

Ishak was known as a lecturer in Mulawarman University in Samarinda, he gained the position of Dean of Education Faculty and 3rd University Director Assistant.

Political life[edit]

Ishak was a member of the People's Representative Council for two terms, from 1987 to 1992 and from 1992 to 1997. After the reforma era, Ishak was chosen to be an acting regent for the newly created regency of East Kutai that was previously part of Kutai Kartanegara Regency. Ishak was regent from 1999 until 2003 when he resigned to run for the position of governor of East Kalimantan. However Ishak was defeated in the election by Suwarna Abdul Fatah.

When the first direct elections for regent were held in East Kutai in 2006 Ishak became a candidate, running against his former vice regent Mahyudin.

Ishak re-took the Regent position from Mahyudin after winning the East Kalimantan gubernatorial election in 2008 in two rounds. In the first round, Ishak and his running mate Farid Wadjdy won first place, defeating Achmad Amins and Jusuf SK. But because Ishak did not poll strongly enough to win outright (less than the 30% of the ballot needed to be declared the winner), the KPU (Election Committee) declared that a second round would be necessary with Ishak and Achmad Amins as the two runoff candidates.[1] The second round of the gubernatorial elections were held in October 2008. Ishak won more than 50% of popular vote and became the 12th Governor of East Kalimantan.

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Preceded by
Tarmizi Abdul Karim
Governor of East Kalimantan, Indonesia
2008–present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Office created
Regent of East Kutai, Indonesia
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Mahyudin
Preceded by
Mahyudin
Regent of East Kutai, Indonesia
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Irsan Noor