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Ahok resigns as Jakarta governor

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 24, 2017   /   05:22 pm
Ahok resigns as Jakarta governor Non-active Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama waits to hear the verdict of his blasphemy case at the North Jakarta District Court on May 9. (JP/Sigid Kurniawan/Pool)

Non-active Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama resigned on Tuesday after withdrawing his appeal against the court's decision to sentence him to two years in prison, Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has said. 

Ahok’s resignation letter, which is addressed to President Joko "Joko" Widodo, has been received by the Home Affairs Ministry and would be processed immediately. 

"On May 23, Ahok delivered a letter of resignation from his position as Jakarta governor to the president, one day after dropping his appeal," Tjahjo said. 

"He should, therefore, be dismissed as soon as possible and Djarot will replace him as the definitive governor," he said, referring to acting governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat. 

Ahok’s dismissal would be carried out after Jakarta High Court released an official letter stating that Ahok has withdrawn his appeal.

With five months left in Ahok’s and Djarot’s term, this means the position of deputy governor will soon be vacant.

Separately, Ahok's lawyer Josefina Syukur confirmed that Ahok had resigned.

"Ahok resigned because he has withdrawn his appeal," she said.