Ridwan Kamil: Mayor, West Java governor... Indonesia's president in 2024?

Mr Ridwan (centre) cycling in Bandung in 2014 during the launch of a campaign to promote commuting by bicycle. A 2012 photo of Mr Ridwan, an architect and recycling advocate, who used 30,000 Red Bull bottles in the design of his Bandung house. Mr Rid
Mr Ridwan Kamil on the campaign trail during the West Java gubernatorial elections last month. He won the four-way contest with over 32 per cent of the vote - ahead of his closest rival's 29 per cent - and will be inaugurated on Sept 17.PHOTO: RIDWAN KAMIL/FACEBOOK
Mr Ridwan (centre) cycling in Bandung in 2014 during the launch of a campaign to promote commuting by bicycle. A 2012 photo of Mr Ridwan, an architect and recycling advocate, who used 30,000 Red Bull bottles in the design of his Bandung house. Mr Rid
Mr Ridwan (centre) cycling in Bandung in 2014 during the launch of a campaign to promote commuting by bicycle. PHOTO: BANDUNG MAYOR'S OFFICE
Mr Ridwan (centre) cycling in Bandung in 2014 during the launch of a campaign to promote commuting by bicycle. A 2012 photo of Mr Ridwan, an architect and recycling advocate, who used 30,000 Red Bull bottles in the design of his Bandung house. Mr Rid
A 2012 photo of Mr Ridwan, an architect and recycling advocate, who used 30,000 Red Bull bottles in the design of his Bandung house. ST PHOTO: ZAKIR HUSSAIN

Bandung successes have led to his win in gubernatorial race, and him being seen as a potential president

When architect Ridwan Kamil ran for mayor of Bandung, Indonesia's third largest city, in 2013, his key campaign pledges were to fix its notorious traffic and infrastructure woes, clean up city hall and make the city of 2.5 million more liveable.

The strides his administration has made since then gave him the confidence to make a bid to lead West Java, the country's most populous province with 48 million residents.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 15, 2018, with the headline 'Mayor, West Java governor... Indonesia's president in 2024?'. Print Edition | Subscribe