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Medan mayoral race: Neck-and-neck battle between incumbent and Jokowi's son-in-law

  • Nina A. Loasana and Apriadi Gunawan

    Jakarta/Medan, North Sumatra

Jakarta/Medan, North Sumatra   /   Sat, December 5 2020   /  01:00 am
Bobby Nasution (center), son-in-law of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, registers as a member of Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) of North Sumatra in Medan on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in a bid to run for Medan mayoral race.(Tribun Medan/Danil Siregar)

Medan, the third-largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya, is in for an intense election race on Dec. 9, as incumbent mayor Akhyar Nasution goes up against President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's son-in-law, Bobby Nasution. Despite not having prior experience in politics, Bobby was backed by a giant coalition of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Gerindra Party, the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Golkar Party, the NasDem party, the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), the Hanura Party and the United Development Party (PPP). The coalition represents a combined 39 seats at the Medan Legislative Council. Bobby is running alongside Gerindra politician Aulia Rachman, who is a former chairman of Commission II of the Medan Legislative Council. Akhyar, on the other hand, is a well-known local politician with more than 20 years of exper...