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Jakarta Post

Wahidin-Andika vows to end political dynasty in Banten

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 5, 2017   /  03:59 pm
Wahidin-Andika vows to end political dynasty in Banten Ahead of voting day: Banten gubernatorial candidate pair Wahidin Halim (left) and Andika Hazrumy (second left) take a picture with their rivals, candidate pair Rano Karno (second right) and Embay Mulya Syarief, after a debate at Usmar Ismail Hall in Jakarta on Jan. 29. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Banten gubernatorial candidate Wahidin Halim and running mate Andika Hazrumi are committed to ending the political dynasty in Banten should they win the Feb. 15 election, their campaign team’s spokesperson has said.

“In running with Wahidin in the Banten gubernatorial election, Andika has signed a statement to commit to achieving clean governance, free Banten from corruption and to not involve his family members in administration-related matters,” Wahidin-Andika campaign team spokesperson Syafril Elaine told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. 

He further said with the commitment, the pair believed they could end corruption, which was closely associated with the culture of political dynasties Banten had long been living with, far more effectively than their rival pair, incumbent Banten governor Rano Karno and running mate Emba Mulya Syarif. 

Pak Wahidin has said the candidate with a direct connection to Bu Atut is Pak Rano because he has been her deputy governor. Andika is her son but has never been involved in the Banten administration,” Syafril said.

He referred to Ratu Atut Chosiyah, a former Banten governor who has been imprisoned since 2014 for her involvement in a graft case. Andika, 31, who is currently a House of Representatives member, is Atut’s eldest son. 

Andika’s blood ties also make him the nephew of Serang regent Ratu Tatu Chasanah, Serang mayor Tubagus Haerul Jaman and South Tangerang regent Airin Rachmi Diany. Airin's husband, Tubagus Cheri Wardhana, or Wawan, who is Atut's younger brother, also has been locked up for corruption.

However, Syafril admitted that it was Atut's idea to partner her son with Wahidin, a former Tangerang mayor, instead of pairing him with Rano. (ebf)