Taufiq Kiemas was pleasantly surprised when Joko Widodo bent over and respectfully kissed his hand. Taufik, who is Central Advisory Board chairman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) playfully slapped the shoulder of Jokowi, the leading candidate for governor of Jakarta. "Be careful and save your energy," he said. "The struggle is still a long one."
It was 11am on Wednesday last week. Jakarta residents were still going to the polls, which closed at 1pm. Jokowi, who is still the mayor of Solo, used his leave from official duty to monitor the voting results. Accompanied by his mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, and three friends, he arrived in Jakarta a day before the election.
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