The Jakarta Post
The popular and outspoken mayor of East Java’s provincial capital of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini, was in West Papua on Sunday to help campaign for West Papua gubernatorial candidate pair Dominggus Mandacan-Muhammad Lakotani.
Rismaharini was sent to the province by the central executive board of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), which had Dominggus and Lakotani’s backing.
“The people of West Papua have asked me to attend a biblical missionary event on Mansinam Island,” she said upon arrival at Rendani Airport in West Papua’s provincial capital of Manokwari, as quoted by kompas.com.
A local resident looks at samples of ballots displayed during a regional election simulation event in Sorong, West Papua, on Nov. 12, 2016.(Antara/Olha Mulalinda)
At the airport, Rismaharini was welcomed by a traditional Papuan ceremony, led by Manokwari Regent Demas Paulus Mandacan, who is also a PDI-P member.
Rismaharini said she would also visit a number of Papuan mama-mama (women) communities, who had previously visited Surabaya to learn about entrepreneurship and home industries.
“Some of them have started their own businesses. They have invited me to come and see the outcomes of what they have learned from their visit to Surabaya,” she said.
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Rismaharini said she would also have meetings with a number of local figures as part of the Dominggus-Lakotani campaign, who were also backed by the NasDem Party and the National Mandate Party. (bbs)