Basuki to Be Inaugurated Jakarta Governor by Nov. 16

President-elect Joko Widodo, left, and Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the acting governor of Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

President-elect Joko Widodo, left, and Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the acting governor of Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

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.

“President SBY [Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono] has issued a presidential decree approving Jokowi’s resignation,” Heru said. “Starting Oct. 16, [Jokowi] is no longer Jakarta’s governor.”

“Hopefully everything goes smoothly and Basuki can be inaugurated as Jakarta’s governor as soon as possible,” he says. JG

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