Jakarta’s Governor Drinks the Kool-Aid

Jakarta’s popular, graft-busting governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama will run for reelection on a party ticket after all, jettisoning an independent 2017 bid that had thrilled millions and rankled the political establishment. The governor, popularly known as Ahok, cooled on his earlier commitment as it became clear an independent run would leave him overly exposed to political foes. He said he would be supported by Golkar, Hanura and the Nasdems. It’s a decision that was choreographed over a series of months, but which nonetheless threatens to leave thousands of supporters in the lurch.

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