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Jakarta Post

Anies ready to work

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 16, 2017   /  07:11 am
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Jakarta governor-elect Anies Baswedan poses for an official photograph during the uniform fitting session on Oct. 12, in South Jakarta.(JP/Callistasia Anggun Wijaya)

It takes more than a political storm to shake Anies Baswedan. Less than two years after being dismissed from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet, the former education minister has returned to the political scene as Jakarta’s governor-elect. The path to his political revival was not easy; it was practically a leap of faith. The former Paramadina University rector, who had been known as a moderate Muslim, joined the government’s opposition coalition and made allies with conservative Muslim groups to earn a ticket in the Jakarta gubernatorial election. While his efforts have paid off, they have placed him on the opposing side of Jokowi, whom he supported during the 2014 presidential election. The President is slated to inaugurate Anies and his deputy Sandiaga Uno at the State Palace on Monday afternoon, cementing the fact that one of the mos...