Background of Governor Ahok

I am sure that all of you have known about Jakarta governor Ahok right? He was the 17th Jakarta governor from November 2014 until now. He has the real name is Basuki Tjahaja Purnama who was born on June 29th, 1966 in Manggar, Belitung, Indonesia and now he is 49 years old. He is an Indonesian politician. He is married Veronica Than and has three children whose names are Nicholas Sean Purnama, Nathania, and Daud Albeenner. He is the Protestantism and an Indonesian politician. The name of Ahok is the Hakka Chinese affectionate of the nickname that he use, so many Indonesian people are familiar with the name of Ahok.


The governor Ahok is the first son of his parents, Boen Nen Tjauw (Buniarti Ningsih) and Tjoeng Kiem Nam (Indra Tjahaja Purnama. He has three siblings who are Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Fifi Lety, and the last is Harry Basuki. His family is the Chinese Indonesian descent.


The governor Ahok was listed in the Trisakti Univeristy which is a private university in Jakarta and he took major in Mineral Resources and Technology. In 1989, he graduated from Geological Engineering with a Bachelor of Science. After that, he returned back to his hometown which is Belitung to build a company that deals in mining contracts. After he worked for his company for two years, he decided to enroll a master’s degree in Prasetya Mulya Business School in Jakarta and he took the Financial Management major. Finally, he graduated as a Master of Business Administration (MBA).


He was a member of House of Representatives for Commission II for the 2009 until 2014 term. Yet, he took resign from his position to enlist for the position of Lieutenant Governor in the 2012 gubernatorial election in Jakarta. He had become the colleague mate with Joko Widodo in the 2012 gubernatorial election in Jakarta. They got the vote until 53.82% and they won the gubernatorial election in Jakarta for 2012 period. The ticket had nominated by Partai Demokrasi Indonesia-Perjuangan (Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle) or the abbreviation is PDI-P caused of Joko Widodo and Ahok bring Gerakan Indonesia Raya Party (Great Indonesia Movement Partya) or we known as Gerindra. For the following years, his partner, Joko Widodo, took the presidential candidate and won the election and now Joko Widodo is our President. Then, Ahok was succeeded by Joko Widodo as the governor of Jakarta. The Governor Ahok starts his job from June 2nd until now.

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