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|Regent of Pekalongan|
26 June 2011 – 26 June 2016
|Preceded by||Siti Qomariyah|
|Succeeded by||Asip Kholbihi|
|Succeeded by||Siti Qomariyah|
|Born||5 October 1958|
Pekalongan, Central Java, Indonesia
Amat Antono (born 5 October 1958) is an Indonesian politician who served as the regent of Pekalongan Regency, Central Java for two terms, 2001-2006 and 2011-2016. Initially elected as regent of his home regency through a legislative vote, he lost in its first direct election to his deputy Siti Qomariyah before defeating her in 2011.
Amat Antono was born in Tegaldowo village, Tirto subdistrict, Pekalongan Regency on 5 October 1958. He graduated from Diponegoro University with a bachelors in 1984, and later a masters in 2006.:123 His wife Arini Harimurti was elected as vice regent in the 2016 local election. The couple has two children.
Before entering politics, Antono was a bureaucrat, working in the transmigration body at West Kalimantan's Sambas Regency. In 2001, he ran as a regent for his home regency with local academician Siti Qomariyah as his running mate, and the pair was voted 27-18 into office following a heated two-stage vote at the regency's legislative council.:114,123 In 2006, he ran for reelection against Qomariyah in Pekalongan's first direct regency election. Although he received the support of a coalition of 15 political parties including his party PDI-P, he would lose to Qomariyah, winning 207,705 votes to Qomariyah's 227,137.:123
Between his terms, he served in several offices, including head of a inter-regency coordination body, briefly as the acting regent of Tegal Regency, and as a special staff to the governor. He ran once more in 2011 and this time won 254,762 votes (54.75%), defeating Qomariyah following a campaign which strongly focused on infrastructure development programs.:139