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Jakarta Post

Yenny chooses not to run in East Java race

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 4 2018   /  12:18 am

The Gerindra Party is looking for candidates for the East Java gubernatorial election after it failed to secure as its nominee Yenny Wahid, the daughter of former president and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) leader Abudurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid.

Yenny was seen by many a strong candidate that would have been able to put up a good fight in the race in the province, which is known as an NU stronghold with two other NU figures — Saifullah “Gus Ipul” Yusuf and Khofifah Indar Parawansa — set to contest.

After a closed-door meeting with Gerindra chief patron Prabowo Subianto at his private residence in South Jakarta on Wednesday evening, Yenny announced she would not run as a gubernatorial candidate in the country’s second-most populous province.

“We, the Gus Dur family, have a historical responsibility, including in ensuring that communication among NU supporters is n...