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Former Jakarta governor makes comeback in prominent Pertamina role

Once jailed for blasphemy, Purnama set to be president commissioner at oil group

Former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama in 2017.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta who was jailed for blasphemy, looks set to take on the role of president commissioner at Indonesian state-owned oil company Pertamina, following an announcement on Friday by the minister of state-owned enterprise, Erick Thohir.

Whether the former governor, popularly known as Ahok, actually takes up the role will depend on the approval of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and will be decided after a forthcoming meeting of ministries which hold shares in Pertamina. The company is 100% owned by the state. President commissioner is the head of the board of commissioners, which supervises and advises the board of directors.

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