Jakarta. The capital’s acting governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, will have to wait a few more weeks before he can drop the “acting” from his job title and formally take over the reins of Southeast Asia’s largest city.
“[Basuki] should be inaugurated as Jakarta governor by November 16,” said Heru Budi Hartono, acting chief of the regional affairs office at the city government.
A government regulation in lieu of law, known in Indonesia as a Perppu, requires inaugurations to take place within one month of a predecessor’s resignation. Basuki will also have to wait on official approval from the Jakarta City Council (DPRD) prior to Nov. 16.
“Hopefully everything goes smoothly and Basuki can be inaugurated as Jakarta’s governor as soon as possible,” he says. JG