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Jakarta Post

Two years into Anies' term still room for improvement

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 18 2019   /  12:25 am

With two years in office behind him, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan claims that Jakarta is a better city under his administration, but city councillors and experts say there are many things that Anies has to achieve in order to prove his leadership qualities. The former education minister was sworn in as governor on Oct. 16, 2017, after defeating incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama in an intense gubernatorial election marked by heightened sectarian tensions.Anies claimed that he had run 14 flagship programs this year as part of efforts to realize Wajah Baru Jakarta (the New Face of Jakarta), a catchphrase he introduced as an umbrella program to differentiate his policies from those of his predecessor.Anies reiterated that the concept would rely on public participation in the development plans and projects.The programs were among the 23 pledges he made during his campaign, which included we...