Anies Meets Ahok at City Hall, Gets Straight to Business
Jakarta. Jakarta's governor-elect according to quick count results, Anies Baswedan, met with current governor Basuki "Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama at City Hall on Thursday (20/04) to kickstart the handover of power in the capital.
The first thing on their agenda was the 2018 regional budget for Jakarta.
Anies said finalizing the budget will be one of his main concerns ahead of his inauguration in October.
"There will be changes. We want to make sure the budget that has been prepared by the previous administration can accommodate the programs we promised voters during the election campaign. We'll need time to adjust things. We also want to make sure Jakarta residents stay united under a new leadership," Anies said.
The former education minister said he wanted to make good on his election promises as soon as possible.
Anies also praised Ahok for providing all the details he needed to see in the Jakarta regional budget.
"He was very open. He will meet with our team to talk more things through. He even gave advice on which of our programs would need to be prioritized, and what to prepare from the start," Anies said.
Ahok had asked Anies’s budgeting team to submit their data to City Hall using its open database system.
"It's up to Anies to provide us with the data so they can make adjustments on the regional budget as soon as possible," Ahok told the media.
"We've discussed which programs should be prioritized, so once the data are submitted, Anies can start to follow up on his [election] promises," he added.
Anies met Ahok at City Hall at around 7.30 a.m. on Thursday, before leaving at around 8 a.m.
According to quick count results, Anies and his running mate Sandiaga Uno won by a comprehensive 15 percent to 18 percent margin against Ahok and current deputy governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat.
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