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Anies in tough spot in wake of Jakarta riot

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 24, 2019   /  06:08 am
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan makes a public statement after visiting riot victims in Tarakan Hospital in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.(kompas.com/Nibras Nada Nailufar)

Shortly after winning the Jakarta gubernatorial election in 2017, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan pledged that he would make Jakarta more visible on the international stage and one of ways to do that was that he would attend global meetings held for the world's major cities. On Sunday, Anies did just that. He left for Tokyo to attend the Urban 20 Forum where he shared the stage with Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi in a panel discussion. The only problem was that two days later, Jakarta was engulfed in a riot that some say was the worst since the May 1998 unrest. Prior to leaving town for Tokyo, Anies had instructed all hospitals in the city to be ready for possible victims of clashes that could take place when supporters of Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto took to the streets and called for the election commission to annul the result of the 2019 presidential election. W...