Ahok Announces Run for Jakarta Governor in 2017 If Jokowi Becomes President

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. (JG Photo/ Afriadi Hikmal)

Jakarta. Acting Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, on Friday said that he planned to contest the 2017 gubernatorial election.

“I want to run in the gubernatorial election again,” Basuki said. “I want to test whether I will be elected again or not.”

He said that he would want to put his performance as acting governor to the test if Governor Joko Widodo, the presidential candidate for the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), comes out ahead, as projected, in the July 9 election.

“All this time, people said that I’m just only tailing Joko Widodo,” he said.

As acting governor, Basuki is the first ethnic Chinese politician to lead the capital.

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