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Hopefuls set sights on leadership posts in hip South Tangerang

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 1, 2019   /  02:04 pm
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A woman uses virtual realty glasses to see the inside of housing on top of Rawa Buntu railway station in South Tangerang, Banten, on Dec. 10, 2018. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

One year before the next simultaneous regional elections, some are eyeing the top post in Greater Jakarta’s youngest satellite city, South Tangerang. South Tangerang is among 270 regions across the archipelago that will hold regional elections to elect their new leaders in 2020. Affectionately referred to as Tangsel by locals, the city used to be part of Tangerang regency but was declared a new administrative city in 2008. Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany and Deputy Mayor Benyamin Davnie have been at the helm since they won the two only elections in the municipality, held for the first time in 2011. They are currently serving their second and final term from 2016 to 2021. Airin has long been under scrutiny regarding her connection to former Banten governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah as she is married to Atut’s younger brother. Atut and her family have been lambasted for running a...