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Jakarta Post

Jakartans express love for ‘mantan’

  • Winda A. Charmila and Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 27, 2017   /  07:53 am
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Hundreds of wreath displayed in front of the city hall in Central Jakarta, Wednesday, April 26,2017. The wreaths was sent by Basuki and Djarot supporters expresing their gratitude for their leadership(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama will leave office in October, but some residents are already mourning his impending departure following his loss in the runoff election on April 19. They have sent nearly 1,000 flower boards to City Hall and made the hashtag #GombalinAhok, which literally means “sweet-talking Ahok,” explode on Twitter. On one of the flower boards spilling out from the City Hall compound, its senders call Ahok and his Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat their mantan terindah (best exes), while others wrote, “from us who cannot move on.” A resident of Kedoya Utara, West Jakarta, Agatha Dinny, re-posted her photos when Ahok made a surprise visit to her ill mother Liany on Feb. 9, writing: “It’s not about moving on. [I] just feel broken-hearted. I have broken up but still keep the fond memory of my best ex,...