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PDI-P officially nominates Jokowi's son-in-law for Medan mayoral race

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 11, 2020   /   01:34 pm
PDI-P officially nominates Jokowi's son-in-law for Medan mayoral race President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's son-in-law, Bobby Nasution, speaks to reporters at the Presidential Palace on June 18, 2019. (Tempo/Friski Riana)

The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has nominated President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's son-in-law, Bobby Afif Nasution, and Gerindra Party politician Aulia Rahman to run as the mayoral candidate pair in the upcoming race in Medan, North Sumatra.

PDI-P executive Puan Maharani announced the party's decision on Tuesday during an event that was also attended by her mother and PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri.

“For the city of Medan, [the PDI-P nominates] Bobby Afif Nasution and Aulia Rahman. Welcome to the PDI-P, Mas Bobby," Puan said.

Bobby, who secured his PDI-P membership in March, proceeded to thank Megawati and the party executives after the announcement, saying that he and Aulia would carry out the mandate with full responsibility.

"I bring the spirit of collaboration to build Medan, which was born from Bung Karno’s gotong royong [mutual cooperation] spirit,” Bobby said, referring to Indonesia's founding father and first president – and Megawati's father.

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Besides backing from the PDI-P and Gerindra, the ticket of Bobby -- the husband of Jokowi's daughter Kahiyang Ayu -- and Aulia has also received support from the Golkar Party, the NasDem Party, the Hanura Party, the United Development Party (PPP) and the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI).

Aulia is currently a member of the Medan Legislative Council (DPRD). 

The pair will run against acting Medan mayor Akhyar Nasution, whose candidacy is backed by the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the Democratic Party.

A former PDI-P executive at the party's North Sumatra chapter, Akhyar was fired by the ruling party through a letter dated Aug. 1 after he jumped ship to join the Democrats to contest the 2020 Medan mayoral race.

Bobby's nomination comes after Jokowi's eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, secured his ticket with the PDI-P to run in the Surakarta mayoral race in Central Java.

Elections are scheduled to take place on Dec. 9 in 270 regions.