Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, is riding the wave of good news. The Surakarta mayoral candidate’s electability and popularity is increasing according to the result of the polling conducted by the Indonesian Public Institute (IPI). That said, learning from the embarrassing defeat of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)’s eldest son Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY) in Jakarta’s 2017 gubernatorial election, and the devastating defeat of Jusuf Kalla’s nephew Munafri Arifuddin in the 2018 Makassar city election, Gibran should remain cautious.

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