Jokowi's son has big shoes to fill as he becomes Solo's mayor

But his hands-on management style, willingness to work hard expected to help him in new role

Mr Gibran Rakabuming Raka has often given people the impression that he is cold and aloof. PHOTO: ANWAR MUSTAFA
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With his quiet demeanour and terse public remarks, Mr Gibran Rakabuming Raka often appears cold and aloof, but to the residents of Solo city in Central Java, their mayor-to-be is nowhere near stand-offish.

The 33-year-old, who is President Joko Widodo's son, listens to their complaints, from choked drains to leaky roofs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2020, with the headline Jokowi's son has big shoes to fill as he becomes Solo's mayor. Subscribe