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From political ashes, Ahok rises to top corporate job

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 16 2019   /  12:17 am
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)Nobody does it like Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok.Loved and loathed for his straight-talking, no-nonsense attitude as Jakarta governor, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician fell from grace when he was convicted of blasphemy, for which he served one year and eight months in prison. After a divorce and his release from jail in January, many speculated about whether he would return to politics or begin a new life far from his controversial past as governor. Some doubted his return to politics, considering the country's social conservatism and how Ahok seemed to have broken his bond with its Muslim majority. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo surprised the public with a recent plan to give Ahok a top job at a state-owned enterprise (SOE). Jokowi and Ahok have had a close relationship since the two men served toget...