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Jakarta Post

2020 regional elections: Which battlegrounds are being tightly contested this year?

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 25, 2020   /  04:07 pm
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Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas receives an award from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for his success in developing the agricultural sector in May 2017.(Courtesy of Pemkab Banyuwangi/.)

In two weeks’ time, Indonesia will host its first-ever simultaneous regional elections during a pandemic, setting up a precarious battleground for hopeful candidates in a contest like no other in the nation’s history. The Dec. 9 elections will see some politically wired figures competing, including President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka, who is aiming to secure the mayorship in Surakarta, Central Java. Meanwhile, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s niece, Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo, and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s daughter, Siti Nur Azizah, will compete in the South Tangerang mayoral race in Banten. Rahayu will run for deputy mayor, while Siti leads a separate election ticket as a mayoral candidate. There is bound to be a lot of coverage on such high-profile candidates, but political analysts are ...