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Visiting Ahok: Djarot’s first day as Jakarta governor

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, June 15, 2017 | 02:17 pm
Visiting Ahok: Djarot’s first day as Jakarta governor Newly inaugurated Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat passes presidential guards at the State Palace on Thursday (June 15, 2017). (Biro Pers Setpres/Rusman)

The first item on Djarot Saiful Hidayat’s agenda as newly inaugurated Jakarta governor on Thursday was to visit his predecessor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama at the latter’s detention cell in Depok, West Java.

“After all, what happened [to me] today is not separate from Pak Ahok’s statesmanship. [He] prioritized the interests of others [over his own],” said Djarot, who would hold his post as governor until October.

Djarot said that he would visit Ahok, currently detained at the National Police's Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Command Center in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java, to discuss a range of issues related to the city administration.

Djarot has visited Ahok at least three times since the latter was detained for blasphemy in early May.

Djarot, who was accompanied by his wife Happy Farida, had gone straight to City Hall after being inaugurated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace in Central Jakarta.

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