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Jakarta Post

Blitar politician cements grip as wives reelected as village heads

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Blitar, East Java   /   Thu, October 17, 2019   /  06:05 pm
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Deputy Blitar regent Marhaenis Urip Widodo (center) talks to reporters in Blitar regency on Tuesday.(JP/Asip Hasani)

Blitar regency politics have become a family affair as father serves as deputy regent, son sits on council and father's two wives just got reelected as village heads. Deputy Blitar regent Marhaenis Urip Widodo, 53, has built his political career in his native Blitar regency in East Java since he was elected as a councilor in 2004. The Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician won two other local legislative elections, in 2009 and 2014, before running as a deputy regent candidate in 2015 alongside Rijanto. He is not the only one from his immediate family who has ventured into politics. His two wives, Halla Unariyanti, 48, and Fendriana Anitasari, 33, have each just been reelected to a second term in the simultaneous elections for the heads of neighboring villages held on Tuesday. In the elections held in 167 villages across the regency, Halla won more than 65 ...