The Jakarta Post
Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono has brushed off criticism over his lack of political experience.
The 38-year-old member of the Indonesian Military (TNI) said young age was the right age to enter politics.
"Everyone has [their own] starting point," said the eldest son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Sunday, as reported by kompas.com.
Agus admitted that even though his political career only started with his recently declared candidacy in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, he came prepared to learn to be a good politician.
His military experience was also not to be overlooked, Agus insisted.
"I also have experience, and I am ready to learn with anyone. I think steadiness is more important," he added.
Agus is in the process of resignation from the TNI following his decision to run for the office of governor, alongside the former Jakarta gubernatorial assistant for culture and tourism, Sylviana Murni, who is hoping to become the deputy governor. The pair’s candidacy is supported by the Democratic Party founded by Yudhoyono as well as by the National Awakening Party, the United Development Party and the National Mandate Party. (rin)
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