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Basuki Installed as Governor of Jakarta

Despite violent protests by hard-line Islamic vigilante groups and threats of a legislative boycott by rival politicians, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on Wednesday was officially inaugurated as governor of Jakarta.

Basuki, also popularly known as Ahok, was installed at the State Palace by President Joko Widodo in an afternoon ceremony broadcasted live by the nation’s major news networks.

The first governor of Indonesia’s capital of Chinese descent, and a Protestant Christian, Basuki was Joko’s No. 2 at City Hall until the latter was elected president.

Wednesday’s inauguration marks the first time a governor is installed by the president, based on the nation’s new regional elections law.



[Last update: 2014-11-19 02:21:21]

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