Democratic Party deputy secretary general Didi Irawadi Syamsudin has praised Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, pictured, for his apology over quoting from the Quran during a speech in Jakarta's Thousand Islands district earlier this month. (Anatra Photo/M. Agung Rajasa)

Democratic Party Applauds Ahok's Apology for Quoting From Quran

BY :CARLOS KY PAATH & EKO PRASETYO

OCTOBER 13, 2016

Jakarta. Democratic Party deputy secretary general Didi Irawadi Syamsudin has praised Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama for his apology over quoting from the Quran during a speech in Jakarta's Thousand Islands district earlier this month.

"We respect and appreciate the apology," Didi said on Thursday (13/10).

Several groups have reported Ahok to the National Police's criminal investigation unit and the Jakarta Police for allegedly violating Article 156 of the Criminal Code on blasphemy.

"We also respect the right of other parties to demand his prosecution," Didi added.

The politician expressed his hope that Ahok would meet with the groups that have reported him, in order to initiate a dialog.

"It is better for Governor Ahok to encourage them to seek peace; to meet those who felt hurt," he added.

Didi, who is also head of the legal and advocacy team of gubernatorial candidate pair Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Sylviana Murni, urged the governor to exercise control over what he says in public.

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