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Jakarta Post

Ratu Atut family stumbles in Tangerang

  • Multa Fidrus

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 10 2012   /  10:20 am

Ahmed Zaki Iskandar won the most votes in the regency election in Tangerang, Banten, that was held on Sunday, according to a quick count.

Zaki, the son of incumbent Tangerang Regent Ismet Iskandar, has apparently beat Aden Abdul Khalik, the brother in-law of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, who critics have said was attempting to establish a political dynasty in the province.

While Zaki’s victory may reflect the victory of another political family, Aden’s defeat is a blow to Ratu Atut‘s reported ambitions to expand her family’s political clout.

A quick count conducted by Saiful Muzani Research and Consulting (SMRC) said that Ahmed and his running mate, Hermansyah, garnered 57.18 percent of the vote, followed by Ahmad Suwandi and Muhlis (17.87 percent), Aden and Suryana (14.41 percent) and Ahmad Subadri and Muhamad Aufar Hutapea (10.54 percent).