In 19 April 2017 the Baswedan-Uno pair won the second round of the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, in which they defeated former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and his running mate Basuki Tjahaja Purnama after securing 57.96 percent of the votes. It was a controversial (and some would say dirty) race - which led to a two-years prison sentence for Ahok on blasphemy charges - fueled by ethnic and religious tensions.

The Jakarta governor is elected directly by the local Jakarta electorate for a five-year term. Over the past five years, however, we saw quite some changes ahead of schedule. Joko Widodo (who was elected as Jakarta governor in 2012) decided to run for president in 2014 (a successful attempt) and therefore stepped down from his Jakarta post. He was replaced by his deputy Ahok, a Christian of ethnic Chinese descent (a sensitive issue in Muslim-majority Jakarta). Ahok was then sentenced to prison in early 2017 in a blasphemy scandal, implying he was replaced by his deputy governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat (who became governor for the remaining five months).

List of Recent Jakarta Governors:

Governor Period
Sutiyoso October 1997 - October 2007
Fauzi Wibowo October 2007 - October 2012
Joko Widodo October 2012 - October 2014
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama November 2014 - May 2017
Djarot Saiful Hidayat May 2017 - October 2017
Anies Baswedan October 2017 - present