More women politicians making mark in Indonesia

East Java province has most elected women; ties to Islamic group cited for success at polls

The most notable of the newly elected women is Ms Khofifah Indar Parawansa, who will become the province's first female governor on her third attempt.
The most notable of the newly elected women is Ms Khofifah Indar Parawansa, who will become the province's first female governor on her third attempt. PHOTO: CAMPAIGN OF KHOFIFAH INDAR PARAWANSA

The rise of women in political power has reached new heights in Indonesia, with East Java province producing the largest number of elected women - five - in last month's regional polls.

In all, the country's second-most populous province will have nine women among its 39 elected leaders. One of the female incumbents did not seek re-election.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2018, with the headline 'More women politicians making mark in Indonesia'. Subscribe