The ruling party PDIP decided to endorse Syamsu Rizal a.k.a Daeng Ical and his running mate Fadli Ananda in the city election of Makassar, South Sulawesi. Ical, who is a former vice mayor of Makassar, is known for being close to former Vice President Jusuf Kalla. Ical is the chairman of Makassar’s Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), whereas Kalla is the chairman of Indonesian Red Cross. Kalla’s nephew Munafri Arifuddin a.k.a Appi is still struggling to find a ticket to run in the race. Appi has only secured the backing of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)’s Democratic Party.
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