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Parties in tight spot as Jokowi clan joins politics

  • Suherdjoko, Ghina Ghaliya and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang/Jakarta   /   Sat, December 14 2019   /  12:13 am
Gibran Rakabuming Raka (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Gibran Rakabuming Raka (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has started to feel the pressure of next year’s regional elections as the son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who is a party member, has applied to run in Surakarta’s mayoral race in Central Java.The President’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, filed his application to the party’s Central Java office in Semarang on Thursday after the party’s municipality office declined his bid.The 32-year-old food entrepreneur, who had approached PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri, arrived with about 100 supporters who wore T-shirts bearing caricatures of the country’s national heroes.“I am grateful for your support. I owe this to you and will pay my debt with policies that aim to improve the welfare of [Surakarta’s] people,” Gibran said in front of his supporters.Gibran dec...