28 Oct '16, 9pm

Three-way race to govern Jakarta kicks off - The Straits Times

The race to govern Jakarta officially kicked off yesterday with political watchers expecting a fiery contest in the run-up to the February polls. Experts say the gubernatorial election may have a bearing on the next presidential race in 2019. Leading the way in the three-way fight are the incumbents, Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and his deputy Djarot Saiful Hidayat. Mr Basuki, or Ahok, as he prefers to be called, was deputy to then governor Joko Widodo, who is now Indonesia's seventh president. Ahok and Mr Djarot, backed by the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party - Struggle as well as the largest coalition of political parties, have topped almost all popularity surveys in the lead-up to the campaign. They are pitted against the Gerindra Party pair of former education minister Anies Baswedan and businessman Sandiaga Uno, and former military officer Agus Harimurti ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/three-way-race-t...

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