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Jakarta Post

Acting governor supports Ahok’s wife on Instagram

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 24, 2017   /   09:34 am
Acting governor supports Ahok’s wife on Instagram Djarot Saiful Hidayat, now acting Jakarta governor (right), and his wife Happy Farida cast their ballots in Kuningan, South Jakarta, during the first round of Jakarta gubernatorial election on April 19, 2017. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

Acting Jakarta governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat has expressed his support for the wife of non-active Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Veronika Tan, who could not hold back her tears while reading a letter hand-written by her husband from behind bars on Tuesday.

In the letter, Ahok explained why he had withdrawn his appeal against the North Jakarta District Court’s decision to sentence him to two years in prison.

“We will keep standing beside you Bu @veronicabtp, together we will fight for the values fought for by @basukibtp toward a better Indonesia,” Djarot said in his official Instagram account.

(Read also: Teary Veronica reads Ahok letter on reasons for appeal withdrawal)

Djarot’s wife, Happy Farida, also wrote her support for Veronica, whom she credited as a tough woman.

In her Instagram account, Happy said that she and Djarot would always pray and support Veronica and her three children, Nicholas Sean Purnama, Nathania Purnama and Daud Albeenner Purnama.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Veronica said their family would support Ahok in serving his time in prison.

“[We want] Bapak to just serve his time for the sake of all. We won’t prolong this issue again, which means we will accept what has been ruled in the verdict. We will only support [Ahok],” she said.