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A political dynasty in the making? Jokowi's son, son-in-law eye mayoral posts in 2020 regional elections

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi and Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Surakarta/Medan   /   Tue, September 24, 2019   /  09:51 am
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo (center) stroll around the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java accompanied by son Gibran Rakabuming Raka and his wife Selvi Ananda, their son Jan Ethes, as well as their daughter Kahiyang Ayu and her husband Bobby Afif Nasution and their daughter Sedah Mirah on Dec. 8, 2018. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

When Joko "Jokowi" Widodo contested the presidential election in 2014, he was widely seen as an outsider taking on the nation’s big political dynasties. The furniture businessman beat the odds, riding on the wave of popularity as the nation was getting tired of being ruled by political dynasties. But as Jokowi is about to begin his second term in office following a successful reelection bid in April, two members of the first family have indicated their intentions to enter politics. The President’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming, 31, is projected to run for mayor in Surakarta, Central Java, the same job that launched his father’s political career in 2005. Son-in-law Bobby Nasution, 28, who is married to Jokowi’s daughter Kahiyang Ayu, is already making inquiries about the possibility of running for mayor of Medan in North Sumatra.  Both elect...