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[COMMENTARY] It’s a family affair: Local elections becoming bounty for political families

  • M. Taufiqurrahman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 10, 2020   /  11:07 pm
[COMMENTARY] It’s a family affair: Local elections becoming bounty for political families Local poll administrators (KPPS) in Banjarsari, Surakarta, Central Java wear orange uniforms with attached writing “not Corruption Eradication Committee [KPK] prisoners”. The effort is made to commemorate the International Anticorruption Day, which happened to fall also on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

For every Barack Obama, there’s always a Kennedy, a Bush or a Trump waiting in the wings. For every self-made politician, there will always be more political scions ready to run for office and win, because in a crowded political field where everyone could run for office, it certainly helps if you have a last name that is familiar to millions. The simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9 once again gave us proof that being part of a powerful political family can get you far in politics. In Surakarta, the eldest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, was declared the winner of the city’s mayoral election after scoring a landslide win over his rival Bagyo Wahyono. In Medan, North Sumatra, one member of the President’s extended family, his son-in-law Bobby Nasution, is expected to win a local election there, beating the incumbent A...