Local elections indicate few surprises

20151213_Indonesia_local_elections1_article_main_image.jpgSOLO, IndonesiaIn Indonesia’s recent local elections, Hadi Rudyatmo, a former sidekick of President Joko Widodo, seemed set to easily retain the mayor’s job in this city of around h: alf a million people in central Java. But that does not say much about the current standing of Widodo himself in the national political scene.

The nationwide vote for mayors and other local government positions was staged on Dec. 9. Although the country’s election commission is not due to announce results until Dec.18, provisional results indicate that Rudyatmo is likely to win Solo with around 60% of the vote.

Siska Sitiawan Sanjaya and her brother Sandro voted together in central Solo early on polling day. Both opted for the incumbent who, like his better-known predecessor as mayor and current president, Widodo, goes by a nickname.

“I choose Rudy,” Siska said. “I think he can manage Solo city well, and can make it better.”

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