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Jakarta Post

Golkar makes chief’s personal assistant candidate for Bandung mayor

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 26, 2017   /   01:21 pm
Golkar makes chief’s personal assistant candidate for Bandung mayor Getting ready: Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Ahmad Basarah (left) talks to Golkar Party politician Nurul Arifin (center) and executive director of Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Philips Vermonte during a discussion over the results of a national survey entitled “Two Years of Jokowi’s Government: Electoral Dynamics, Power Consolidation and Public Optimism” in Jakarta on Sept.13, 2016. Nurul has been assigned by the Golkar Party to run in the 2018 Bandung mayoral election. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Golkar Party is set to nominate Nurul Arifin, who also currently serves as a personal assistant to chairman Setya Novanto, to run in the upcoming mayoral race in Bandung, West Java. 

“Yes, we have endorsed [Nurul for the 2018 election],” Setya said on the sidelines of an Idul Fitri open house held in the home of People's Consultative Assembly chief Zulkifli Hasan's on Sunday. 

He added that he has signed an official letter to assign Nurul, who leads Golkar’s media and communications division, to represent the party in the election.  

Nurul, a former actress, served for two terms as a lawmaker from 2004 until 2014, representing West Java. She sought reelection in 2014, but lost. 

Commenting on this, Nurul said she has been made aware of the party's decision and vowed to go all out to win the election.  

“God willing, I will use all of my networks. I went to school in Bandung. I will use all available resources for my candidacy,” Nurul said as quoted by Antara news agency. (dic)

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