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Gibran should take high road, by way of Surabaya

  • Adi Abidin and Piebo Dimas Perdana

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 21, 2020   /  11:51 am
Gibran should take high road, by way of Surabaya Like father like son: Gibran Rakabuming Raka (center), the eldest son of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, speaks to his followers as he seeks support for his bid to run in the Surakarta mayoral election on the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ticket at the party’s Central Java office in Semarang. Gibran is trying to emulate his father, who won the Surakarta mayoral post in 2002. (JP/Suherdjoko)

Among the more than 200 local elections to be held in September, one that has attracted national curiosity is the mayoral election in Surakarta, also known as Solo, in Central Java. This midsized town of some 500,000 people and one of the cultural centers of Javanese heritage is central to Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s political rise to the highest office in the country. The then-furniture businessman became the first directly elected mayor of the city in 2005 and after seven years of leading it, won Jakarta’s gubernatorial election, before being elected president in 2014. This time around, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, Jokowi’s eldest son, is following in his father’s footsteps by running for mayor. As a political novice, he will face institutional and electoral hurdles. While he could gain support from the central board of the Indonesian Democratic Party...

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