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Basuki Tjahaja Purnama

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known Ahok, is the 17th Governor of DKI Jakarta. He was sworn in as the capital city's governor on November 19, 2014. Before being sworn in, he was the task executor of the position of Governor of Jakarta from October 16, 2014, until November 19, 2014. Ahok was born in Manggar, East Belitung, on June 29, 1966, and was Deputy Governor of Jakarta, together with then-Governor Joko Widodo following their success in the 2012 Jakarta Governor election. Ahok is a member of the House of Representatives for the period of 2014-2019; he was also Regent of East Belitung for the period of 2005-2006. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is married to Veronica Tan, and the couple have three children. He is determined to lead Jakarta with his trademark characteristics of assertiveness and clean governance.


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