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PDI-P seeks support to field Djarot in N. Sumatra race

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 5 2018   /  12:47 am

His dramatic defeat in the Jakarta gubernatorial election in April last year was certainly not the end of Djarot Saiful Hidayat’s political career, with the former Jakarta governor now being touted as a gubernatorial candidate in North Sumatra.

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has officially nominated Djarot as its candidate. Party chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri is scheduled to announce his candidacy on Jan. 7, a day before the General Elections Commission (KPU) opens registration for gubernatorial candidates.

PDI-P currently holds only 16 legislative seats in the North Sumatra regional council, meaning that it will have to form a coalition with another party to field him in the race. According to the law, a party or an alliance of parties must control at least 20 percent of the total number of seats in the regional council to nominate a candidate....