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After coalition splits up, PKS, Gerindra face off for Jakarta's deputy governor post

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, February 5, 2020   /  12:13 pm
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Governor's Hall, City Hall, Central Jakarta, on Dec. 17. 2014. (JP/Seto Wardhana )

Two former coalition partners, the Gerindra Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), are set to duel over the long-vacant deputy governor post in Jakarta in a fresh race after their post-presidential election break-up. The two, which supported now-Governor Anies Baswedan in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, have both claimed control over the second highest position in the city administration and named their own members to compete in a selection process at the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD Jakarta).   Gerindra named lawmaker Ahmad Riza Patria as its nominee for the position while PKS backed former city councilor Nurmansjah Lubis. Both have begun to lobby political parties to back them in the voting at the council.   “As a candidate, my task is to communicate, to discuss [with the parties],” said Ahmad on Tuesday. He still has to tende...

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