Director General of Regional Autonomy at the Home Affairs Ministry Sumarsono has confirmed that on Saturday (11/02), Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama will return to gubernatorial duties, following the end of his re-election campaign. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

Ahok to Meet MUI's Ma'ruf Amin Soon

BY :EKO PRASETYO

FEBRUARY 03, 2017

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama plans to meet with the chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council, or MUI, Ma'ruf Amin to apologize to him in person, ahead of this month's regional election.

"We had no time to meet yet, but when we meet, we'll have a friendly talk," Ahok said after an impromptu visit, or blusukan, to Ciracas area in East Jakarta, on Thursday (02/02).

Ahok said he had instructed his legal team to request a meeting with Ma'ruf, who is also one of the most prominent leaders of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization Nadhlatul Ulama (NU).

The incumbent governor was advised to apologize to Ma'ruf in person by Yenny Wahid, a daughter of late President and NU leader Abdurahman Wahid (Gus Dur) — grandson of the NU founder, Hasjim Asy'ari.

On Tuesday, Ahok apologized to Ma'ruf after objecting to his testimony against him during the ongoing blasphemy trial.

During the eighth session of Ahok's trial, Ma'ruf made statements contradicting information the incumbent governor's lawyers have in their possession. The governor also accused Ma'ruf of not being objective in his testimony, because he reportedly supports the former president's son Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and his running mate Sylviana Murni in this month's Jakarta gubernatorial election.

Ahok's objection was interpreted by the NU as an insult against its spiritual leader.

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