Indonesians Flock to Social Media to Say Farewell to Ahok

Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama arrives for a press conference following the Jakarta governor election on April 19, 2017. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

By : Deti Mega Purnamasari | on 3:49 PM April 21, 2017
Category : News, Jakarta, Featured

Jakarta. Indonesians are showing their support for Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama following his loss in the second round of the gubernatorial election on April 19 by taking to social media to praise the embattled governor.

Ahok and running mate Djarot Saiful Hidayat lost comprehensively to rivals Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno according to quick count results from several pollsters.

However, the General Election Commission, or KPU, will only announce the official winner of the election in early May.

Ahok’s supporters have taken to Instagram and Twitter — with Jakarta being the Twitter capital of the world — to thank Ahok for leading the capital in the past two and a half years.

On Instagram, there were over 4,800 posts using the hashtag #terimakasihahok, or "thank you Ahok," by Friday morning (21/04). There were also more than 1,000 posts using the hashtag #terimakasihahokdjarot, or "thank you Ahok and Djarot."

Both hashtags were also trending on Twitter, as well as another hashtag #AhokForNobel, recommending the governor for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

The hashtag was first mentioned by the Twitter handle @ahokfornobel, which is reportedly run from Oslo, Norway, which hosts the Nobel Prize ceremony every year. Until this report was published the account only had 583 followers.

The account is linked to the website www.ahokfornobel.com where people can show their support for Ahok to receive the Nobel Prize.

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