Acting Jakarta Governor Sumarsono, center, said on Sunday (26/03) that the city administration is prepared to implement the controversial revision to a 2016 ministerial regulation that will curb online-ride hailing services in the capital. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak)

Sumarsono Returns as Jakarta Acting Governor While Ahok Starts Runoff Campaign


MARCH 07, 2017

Jakarta. Director general for regional autonomy at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Sumarsono, has temporarily taken over as Jakarta governor, while incumbent Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama on Tuesday (07/03) starts his runoff election campaign.

It is the second time for Sumarsono to serve as the capital city's acting governor. Earlier he took the post during Ahok's four-month mandatory leave before the first round of the gubernatorial race on Feb. 15.

Sumarsono was inaugurated at the City Hall late on Monday and will remain in the office until April 15 — the last day of the campaign period preceding the election on April 19. The ceremony was attended by Ahok and his deputy and running mate Djarot Saiful Hidayat.

Minister Tjahjo Kumolo's decree regarding the temporary replacement was handed to Sumarsono by secretary general of the Ministry of Home Affairs Yuswandi A. Temenggung.

During his previous term, Sumarsono made several major steps, including streamlining the Jakarta administration by dismissing more than 900 officials. He said in his decisions he had always consulted Ahok.

In the second round of the election, Ahok is competing with former education minister Anies Baswedan, after no candidate had won an outright majority in the first round

Ahok and Anies got 42.9 percent and 39.9 percent of the vote respectively. The third candidate, son of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Agus Harimurti, gained only 17 percent.