Speculation was rife that NasDem chairman Surya Paloh personally lobbied Jokowi to persuade him to pick Prasetyo, who is also a former junior attorney general for general crimes.
Earlier this month, Surya
to Halim Perdanakusuma Airport before the latter took off on his
nine-day trip overseas, triggering rumors that he
was intensively lobbying to secure Prasetyo's position.
On Wednesday, Surya also visited Jokowi at the State Palace to discuss Prasetyo's appointment, according to Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto.
"[The President] requested a guarantee [from Surya] that the candidate [Prasetyo] would quit the NasDems.
He must be independent as soon as he becomes attorney general.