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Editorial : In with the family…

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 25 2011   /  05:00 am

While the official result of Banten election is due to be announced on Oct. 30, incumbent Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah and her running mate Rano Karno look set to avoid a run-off and win the race, making Atut one of the longest serving governors in this country’s reform era.

If her re-election is legally binding, Atut will extend her seven-year term (two years as acting governor and five as elected governor) for another five years until January 2017.

Needless to say, Rano, the incumbent Tangerang deputy regent and former prominent movie actor, played a pivotal role in Atut’s apparent victory, alongside the machinery of major political parties that backed their nomination, including the Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Few would dispute, however, that Atut’s grip on power has been maintained by an unshakeable dynasty that has...