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'Political dynasties' to take center stage again in 2020 elections

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, February 19, 2020   /  09:01 pm
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Gibran Rakabuming Raka (right) exits an elevator after undergoing a fit and proper test at the office of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle in Central Jakarta, on Feb. 10.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Children of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung are all seeking public office in various regions, yet they deny accusations that they are building political dynasties.

Voters of Surakarta in Central Java, Medan in North Sumatra, South Tangerang in Banten and Kediri in East Java are to determine whether the highly connected candidates can fulfill their political ambitions in the Sept. 23 regional elections. The candidates would also be testing whether their fathers can help bring them victory.

President Jokowi’s eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka announced at the end of 2019 that he would run to be mayor of Surakarta. Jokowi's son-in-law Bobby Nasution also said he would run for mayor in Medan. Meanwhile, the fourth daughter of the Vice President, Siti Nur Azizah, is running...