JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Millions of Indonesians defied the Covid-19 pandemic to cast their votes in the country’s regional elections, with the General Election Commission [KPU] estimating voter turnout to be more than 77 percent.
President Joko Widodo and his political vehicle, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle [PDI-P] had to brush off the stigma of dynastic politics, as the 58-year old’s son and son-in law are leading the mayoral race in the cities of Solo, Central Java and Medan North Sumatra.
Indonesian National Police Chief General Idham Azis expressed relief that the regional elections proceeded peacefully.
This is more than can be said among Indonesia’s elderly, as state owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma voiced doubts that the new vaccines received from China’s Sinovac pharmaceutical company can be used on the elderly. Read on to get more of these stories:
1. Indonesia’s Ruling Party Dispels Political Dynasty Stigma
Indonesia’s ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle [PDI-P] has dispelled the stigma of dynastic politics in the country’s regional elections.
The allegations stuck as President Joko Widodo’s son Gibran Rakabuming Raka and son-in-law Bobby Nasution are shown to lead their respective mayoral races in Solo, Central Java and Medan, North Sumatra.
“[Gibran and Bobby’s wins] reflect the people’s will in choosing their local leaders. Their success also reflected the party’s success in grooming its young cadres,” said PDI-P Secretary General Hasto Kristiyanto in a written statement on Wednesday, December 9.
“The two showed their serious and steadfast [political] commitment, because they stayed the course as their political opponents tried to derail their campaigns with allegations of political dynasties.”
He warned that the two still have to prove themselves by dealing with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in their respective areas, and engineer an economic recovery from the crippling effects of the coronavirus.