For the first time in its history, Djakarta, formerly Batavia, has an elected Mayor. He?
For the first time in its history, Djakarta, formerly Batavia, has an elected Mayor. He is Mr. Sudiro - who has held the Mayoral office since 1953. Formerly appointed by the government, this is the first time he has been put into office by the new Municipal Election.
The composition of the Djakarta council is now as follows: Masjumi (biggest Moslem) party - nine seats. Communists-eight seats. Nationalists-eight seats. Other parties - 10 seats. Thus, in Djakarta - unlike Central Java - the communists are in a minority.
Sudiro faces in a formidable task in Djakarta - even though the worst of the recent trouble is subsiding. The city, which before the war had a population of half a million now has a population of 2 1/2 millions.