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Djarot appointed as Jakarta acting governor following Ahok's detention

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, May 9, 2017 | 06:51 pm
Djarot appointed as Jakarta acting governor following Ahok's detention Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama (right), with Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat. ( Sari Aziza)

Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo appointed Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat acting governor of Jakarta at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

The appointment was made immediately after Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama was detained when the North Jakarta District Court found him guilt of blaspheming Islam and sentenced him to two years in jail.

In his speech, Tjahjo said that the purpose of the appointment was to prevent a power vacuum from forming in the city administration.

"The [central] government hopes that Djarot will continue the development of the national strategic projects that are located in the capital," he said.

Tjahjo added that Djarot would hold the position until a higher court overturns Ahok's conviction or sentence, should that happen, or until "the end of current administration's period, which will end in October."

When pressed for more details, he refused to make further comments.

“Let's get to work first,” Tjahjo said. (kuk)

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