Sandiaga Uno joins campaign team for Jokowi’s son-in-law in Medan mayoral race

first_imgEntrepreneur and former Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno has joined the campaign team for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son-in-law Bobby Afif Nasution and running mate Aulia Rachman ahead of the mayoral race in Medan, North Sumatra later this year.Sandiaga – who ran as a vice presidential candidate alongside Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto against Jokowi and current Vice President Ma’ruf Amin in last year’s presidential election – is set to serve as a member of the team’s supervisory board alongside Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) members Maruarar Sirait and Sukur Nababan.PDI-P chairperson in Medan, Hasyim, said Bobby had personally suggested that Sandiaga be involved in his campaign. Bobby had already confirmed Sandiaga’s position on the team, he said.“Bobby has contacted [Sandiaga],” Hasyim told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “It’s all clear.”Hasyim, who leads the campaign for the Bobby-Aulia ticket, said the team was enthusiastic about Sandiaga’s support, claiming that many voters in Medan were already partial to the prominent businessman during last year’s presidential race.“Sandiaga Uno has a tremendous following in Medan, so we believe his involvement on the team will benefit the Bobby-Aulia ticket,” he said, adding that Sandiaga’s past opposition to the Jokowi camp was unlikely to deter the mayoral candidate’s supporters in the region.Read also: PDI-P fires members who refuse to back Jokowi’s son-in-law for Medan mayorHowever, whether Sandiaga’s endorsement of the Bobby-Aulia ticket could actually help put the campaign team at an advantage remains to be seen, as a number of his supporters in Medan have voiced their disappointment at his involvement in the campaign.Harun Al Rasyid, a local Sandiaga supporter, for instance, said he was dismayed by the latest turn of events, claiming that the former vice presidential candidate’s involvement in the Bobby-Aulia campaign team could upset his following.“It’s upsetting […] because Bobby is part of the political dynasty that [Sandiaga and Prabowo] opposed in the 2019 election,” Harun told the Post.According to Harun, Sandiaga’s endorsement of the Bobby-Aulia ticket did not necessarily mean that his supporters would vote for the pair.Instead, Sandiaga’s following in Medan was more likely to vote for Medan acting mayor Akhyar Nasution and deputy mayor Salman Alfarisi in the upcoming election on Dec. 9, he said.The Bobby-Aulia ticket has had the backing of eight parties, including the PDI-P, Gerindra, Golkar and NasDem. Meanwhile, the Akhyar-Salman ticket has been endorsed by the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the Democratic Party. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger set to take up technical director role with FIFA

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsene Wenger is set for a new job (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to take up a new role in football with FIFA offering him a job.The 69-year-old has been offered a technical director role with FIFA, and the Mirror reports that he has informed friends that he is ready to accept it.The Frenchman left Arsenal in the summer of 2018 after 22 years at the club and has insisted that he has no plans to retire just yet, despite approaching his 70th birthday.Wenger has revealed that he has been offered, and rejected, some ‘nice offers’ from clubs since leaving north London and now looks set to turn his back on club management entirely to work with FIFA.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, it may only be a short-term job for the veteran boss, after he made it clear he would like to have a crack at managing an international team at the 2022 World Cup.When asked about the possibility of managing in Qatar in 2022, Wenger told BeIN Sports: ‘I could see myself working for a team. I will have enough time, distance with my last job, and I would not be against that.‘It will be interesting because you have some countries that have shown quality, especially Qatar who has just won the Asian Cup.‘It will be interesting to see how they develop, but overall I must say I always wanted to go to the World Cup because I felt it is the job of a manager to be where the best football players in the world play football.‘Hopefully, you will see me, touch wood in Qatar in three years’ time. You will see me in a dugout again, when, I don’t know exactly.’MORE: Why Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe has pulled out of Ivory Coast squadMORE: Arsenal star Dani Ceballos produces stunning pre-assist for Spain vs Romania Metro Sport ReporterFriday 6 Sep 2019 2:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link70Sharescenter_img Advertisement Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger set to take up technical director role with FIFAlast_img read more

FPL planning to lower customer bills amid pandemic

first_imgOn Monday, Florida Power & Light Company has announced they will lower bills for customers due to the coronavirus pandemic.If approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, starting on May 1, FPL plans to issue a “one-time decrease of nearly 25% for the typical residential customer bill.”The company said the decision comes as a result of lower fuel costs. Business owners will also see a decrease in their bills, dependent by rate class.last_img