Ahok officially transfers office to acting governor

BINTANGNEWS.com – Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has officially handed over his office to the Home Ministry’s regional autonomy director general Soni Sumarsono, who was appointed by the ministry to serve as acting governor on Wednesday.
Ahok and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat will take leave to campaign in the Jakarta gubernatorial election, as required by the Regional Elections Law, from Oct. 28 to Feb. 11.  
Voting day is on Feb. 15, 2017.
The handover ceremony was held at the Home Ministry on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. 
"The ministry decided to assign Soni Sumarsono, the regional autonomy director general, as acting Jakarta governor from Oct. 28 to Feb. 17, 2017," Home Ministry secretary-general Yuswandi A. Temenggung said.
Meanwhile, Ahok welcomed the decision to appoint Soni as acting governor.
"We hope everything will be fine and we can cooperate well together. Congratulations to Pak Sumarsono for being trusted to take on this duty," Ahok said.
Ahok was reluctant to take leave and filed a judicial review with the Constitutional Court, asking the court to annul the regulation in the Regional Elections Law that requires incumbent regional candidates to take leave during campaign periods.***
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Editing: T. Bintang
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