Surrogates Line up to Run Jakarta

In what is being seen as a proxy run-up for the 2014 Presidential election in Indonesia, Jakarta residents go to the polls Wednesday to pick their next governor. The incumbent, Fauzi Bowo, who is supported by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, faces serious competition although he remains the favorite. Fauzi has spent five relatively ineffective years in office and faces deep criticism for his inability to get a handle on the sprawling city’s flooding and traffic problems.

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