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Jakarta Post

Ahok apologizes over alleged blasphemy

  • Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 11 2016   /  07:26 am

Seeking inspiration: Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama (right) places flowers on the tomb of Indonesia’s first president Sukarno in Blitar, East Java, on Monday. Sukarno’s daughter former president Megawati Soekarnoputri (center) has invited all gubernatorial and deputy governor candidates being backed by her party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), in the forthcoming regional elections to come to Blitar to pay homage to the country’s founding father.(Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A)Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama apologized to the Muslim community after his statement relating to a verse in the Quran spurred outrage from a number of Muslim groups who considered the comments as defaming the holy book.

He made the apology on Monday after several groups including the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) called on him to apologize while o...