Basuki Tjahaja Purnama
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, often referred to as Ahok, is a Indonesian politician, born June 29, 1966. He is currently the governor of Jakarta, and stands strongly against corruption, which makes him popular with the Indonesian people, though not with the legislature. He graduated from Trisakti University with a degree in geologic engineering and, after deciding geology was not his field, received an MBA from Prasetiya Mulya School of Management in Jakarta.
He served as Deputy Governor of Jakarta prior to 2014, when Governor Joko Widodo was elected President of Indonesia. He was defeated in the April 2017 gubernatorial election by a Muslim candidate. Although having an approval rating of 76%, many Indonesians voted for his opponent due to religious factors. Purnama, a Christian, was found guilty of blaspheming Islam in May 2017 and was sentenced to two years in prison.
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