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Jakarta Post

Three parties ready to nominate Gibran if PDI-P picks another candidate in Surakarta

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta and Surakarta   /   Sat, February 15, 2020   /  03:39 pm
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Gibran Rakabuming Raka exits an elevator after taking part in an assessment held at the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) office on Jl. Diponegoro, Central Jakarta, on Feb. 10. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

While the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) weighs up whether to nominate President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son in the Surakarta mayoral race in Central Java, other political parties have expressed interest in supporting him. As he waits for the PDI-P to make its decision, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, a culinary entrepreneur, has received interest from three other parties, the Golkar Party, the Gerindra Party and the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), which have all said they were ready to back him with blessings from the parties’ leadership at the national level.    Golkar Party deputy chairman Ahmad Doli Kurnia said Golkar would support Gibran even if he did not get the nod from the PDI-P, claiming that Golkar had supported Gibran since he first announced he intended to run in the Surakarta race. “Let t...