Former social affairs minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa has won the election to become East Java’s governor, according to the latest vote recapitulation by the provincial chapter of the General Elections Commission on July 7. With an almost 7 percent lead over her contender, Khofifah, who ran for the post for a third time, would be the second female governor elected since the first direct elections of regional leaders were held in 2005. The first was Ratu Atut Chosiyah, who was elected as Banten governor twice in 2007 and 2012 and is serving time on corruption charges.
The quick count results of the 2018 regional head elections by survey institutes show a positive trend in women’s electability. Two other women are set to become deputy governors: Chusnunia Chalim in Lampung, South Sumatra, and Siti Rohmi Djalilah in West Nusa Tenggara. Women will lead the ...
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