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The wait is over: Ahok appointed Pertamina president commissioner

  • Riska Rahman and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, November 23, 2019   /  08:48 am
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Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama(kompas.com/Ghinan Salman)

State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has confirmed that former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has been appointed the new president commissioner of state-owned energy holding company Pertamina. “Insya Allah [God willing], [President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo] has decided that Pak Basuki will be the new Pertamina president commissioner,” Erick told the press at the State Palace in Jakarta on Friday. Jokowi and Ahok have had a close relationship since the two men served together as Jakarta governor and deputy governor respectively. Ahok, Erick said, would be accompanied by deputy minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin who would serve as vice president commissioner of the oil and gas company. The appointment aimed to reduce oil and gas imports that had long burdened the country’s trade balance, said Erick, adding that he ...