Not that many people knew her. Her popularity was nowhere close to Jokowi’s. She wasn’t even in the universe of Jokowi worshippers. But political dynamics change really fast here in Indonesia. Today, Tri Rismaharini is the country’s rising star. There are those who are starting to believe that Risma could match Jokowi (and perhaps even beat him in July’s presidential race). She’s considered to be better, more decisive, understands more details, and she already has a proven track record managing a big city. Is the Mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini the game changer?

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