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Jakarta Post

Retired general early leader in C. Java election

  • Ahmad Junaidi

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang, Purwokerto   /   Mon, June 23 2008   /  10:36 am

A nationalist agenda and a focus on gender issues have pushed Bibit Waluyo and running mate Rustriningsih to an early lead in Sunday's Central Java gubernatorial election. According to a so-called quick count conducted by the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) and Public Issue Network (JIP), Bibit, a former Central Java military commander, and Rustriningsih, the current regent of Kebumen, secured 40.42 percent of the vote. Bibit and Rustriningsih, nominated by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), lead four other pairs of candidates. Commenting on these early projections, Bibit, a former commander of the Army's Strategic Reserve Command, thanked God and PDI-P volunteers. The retired three-star general said his administration would focus on village development programs, as he promised during the campaign. Bibit's running mate Rustriningsih, ...