SOLO, KOMPAS.com – President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo is set to pass his political torch to the next generation.
The president’s party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), has officially endorsed his son Gibran Rakabuming Raka’s run as mayor of Surakarta or Solo, Central Java alongside party stalwart Teguh Prakosa in Jakarta on Friday, July 17.
“[PDI-P Party head and former Indonesian president] Megawati Soekarnoputri has determined that [Gibran and Teguh] will be among the 45 candidates the party nominated for the upcoming regional elections,” said PDI-P secretary general Hasto Kristiyanto.
Gibran thanked Megawati and incumbent Solo mayor FX Rudyatmo, who doubles as Solo’s PDI-P party head, for his candidacy.
“I will work closely with the party rank and file,” he vowed. “I will also work hard to achieve the threshold of 60 percent of votes [that the PDI-P party] targeted to win in the regional elections.”
However, Gibran’s bid for public office is not entirely smooth sailing.
The Management Development Institute of Singapore alumnus ruffled some feathers, among them Achmad Purnomo, Solo’s deputy mayor and PDI-P mayoral hopeful who was also Gibran’s most bitter rival in the race.
“President Jokowi summoned me to the Presidential Palace in Jakarta last Thursday. The president told me to give up [running for mayor] and make way for Gibran’s candidacy in the upcoming race for Solo mayor,” he said. “Jokowi added that it was the PDI-P party’s decision.”