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Ahok to get top position at state-owned company

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 14 2019   /  12:50 am

State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir has asked former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama to lead one of Indonesia’s state firms. Ahok said he was ready for it.The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician held a meeting on Wednesday with Erick at the SOE Ministry office at about 9:30 a.m. He left the location half an hour later.“I was asked to join one of the SOEs. I’m ready as long as it is for the country. Any position is possible. What is important is that I would help the country,” Ahok said after meeting with Erick, as quoted by Antara.He did not know when he would officially join the SOE. “Maybe in December or November, I don’t know.”It is not known which state firm Ahok will be joining, but lawmakers, who were quick to welcome the news, said Ahok’s straightforward, no-nonsense personality would fit a strategic ...