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Jakarta Post

Three years on, Anies still missing mark: Councillors

  • Sausan Atika


Jakarta   /   Tue, October 27 2020   /  01:00 am
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (center) greets officials after leading a ceremony to commemorate Jakarta's 493rd anniversary at the City Hall in Central Jakarta on Monday, June 22, 2020. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

With just two years left in office and a long list of campaign promises to fulfill, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has his work cut out for him, with city councillors and experts pointing to subpar city achievements amid a raging COVID-19 outbreak. The nascent Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), a staunch opposition party to the Anies administration at the Jakarta City Council, said Jakarta under Anies' leadership had failed to set program priorities and lacked transparency in budget planning and implementation. “Jakarta has a large budget and support from the central government. Do not let the budget, the administration's energy and time be wasted because of mismanagement and lacking priorities,” said Idris Ahmad, PSI faction head at the City Council. Last year, for instance, PSI councillor William Aditya Sarana leaked information to the public about a Jakar...