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Waiting for the presidential election in the United States and gubernatorial elections in Jakarta

Waiting for the presidential election in the United States and gubernatorial elections in Jakarta, Indonesia. Competition of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump in the United States and Ahok vs Agus or Ahok vs Badwater in Jakarta will be very interesting to observe.

If the United States was busy with the presidential race between Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump to win the White House, then in other parts of the world in Indonesia, precisely in Jakarta - Indonesia's capital - you will also be fascinated by the governor election in February 2017. There are three candidates for governor to become the Governor of Jakarta. They are Tjahaja Basuki Purnama (still serving), and challenged by Anies Baswedan (former education minister), and Harimurti Agus Yudhoyono, a military man with the rank of army major, when he was nominated as a candidate for governor.
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Agus (left), Ahok (center) and Anies (rigth). Image: rahasiakan.com

Agus Yudhoyono is the son of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono or commonly called as SBY. Because nominated as a candidate for governor, then according to the law in Indonesia, he had to resign from the military, but in April 2017 he would be promoted as a Lieutenant Colonel. Many lamented Agus's decision to release a distinguished career in the military. When SBY became president, he once said that a soldier should not run for local office as regent or governor. However, it turns out SBY has asked Agus, the eldest son to run for governor in 2017. 

As a major in the army, Agus age was 38 years. When compared with Ahok and Anies Baswedan, then Agus is the youngest candidate. Compared with the former governor of Jakarta's military background, then Agus also broke the record because he is not a general. Some of the Jakarta governor is to have the rank of general, and they have generally been a commander territorial. Meanwhile, Agus only a major. Do as the son of former president could influence the opinion of voters?
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Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton. Image: mapsofworld.com

Meanwhile Ahok is a civilian and a background is interesting because he is a citizen of Chinese descent, and was once the head area in Bangka Belitung, his native land in North Sumatra. He was also a member of the Indonesian Parliament, and eventually became deputy when Jokowi elected governor Jokowi Jakarta in 2012. Indonesia was finally elected president in 2014, and Ahok replace Jokowi as Jakarta governor. 

Although Ahok a civilian and Chinese descent, but Ahok considered similar to former governor Ali Sadikin, the legendary governor soerang in Jakarta as known to be very discipline, hard and tough in the lead in Jakarta, where the city is a city that is very complex and a lot of problems. Ahok also very vocal in speaking style, honest and anti-corruption. Continuing the program of Jokowi, Ahok considered a success to change the bureaucracy in local government, so that the public services in Jakarta becomes more rapid and transparent. Ahok also managed to change the slum and dirty river that always floods become more beautiful and reduce the potential for flooding in the rainy season.

Meanwhile Anies Baswedan is an educator because he has a university and was appointed by President Jokowi as education minister, but was eventually replaced by a new minister in the cabinet reshufle few months ago. Until now clear why Anies dismissed by Jokowi. He is known to be very soft, so it would be doubtful to be leading the Jakarta complex. 

Similarly Agus, whether he will be able to use his military experience to build Jakarta as a modern city in the future. Until now Ahok as an incumbent governor still leads the polls as a candidate for governor who is considered to have a good performance, and it is considered necessary a second term, so Ahok together Djarot (deputy governor) could continue the program they have done so far.

Voters in Jakarta certainly very diverse and have their own references. But the intelligence of voters in Jakarta is certainly better than it was 10 years ago, so that the citizens of Jakarta already understand who among the three candidates for the right to lead Jakarta from 2017 until 2022.

If the United States is looking forward to the battle between Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, then Jakarta are also preparing for the gubernatorial election in February 2017.


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