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Well-connected candidates run in Indonesia’s regional races

Indonesias novel idea in politics – keep it in the family

Ghina Ghaliya The Jakarta Post Thu, Feb20, 2020

JAKARTA – All in the family: Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri (center) talks with party politicians Puan Maharani (left) and Prananda Prabowo after the announcement of candidates for regional leadership positions in Jakarta on Wednesday. Puan and Prananda are Megawati’s daughter and son. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Children of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung are all seeking public office in various regions, yet they deny accusations that they are building political dynasties.

Voters of Surakarta in Central Java, Medan in North Sumatra, South Tangerang in Banten and Kediri in East Java are to determine whether the highly connected candidates can fulfill their political ambitions in the Sept. 23 regional elections. The candidates would also be testing whether their fathers can help bring them  victory

President Jokowi’s eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka announced at the end of 2019 that he would run to be mayor of Surakarta. Jokowi’s son-in-law Bobby Nasution also said he would run for mayor in Medan. Meanwhile, the fourth daughter of the Vice President, Siti Nur Azizah, is also runnin in Banten, South Tangerang.



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