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« on: March 07, 2019, 09:28:15 pm »
« edited: March 07, 2019, 09:32:06 pm by ericpolitico »

Feel free to discuss and comment!

On Wed 17 April 2019, 190 million Indonesian voters will set off to the polls to elect their President and Vice-President. On this day they will also elect 136 members of the Senate, together with 575 members of the powerful House of Representatives. In addition they will elect 2,207 provincial level MPs from the 34 Provinces and also elect 17,610 local councillors across more than 500 local authorities.

The presidential election will be a re-match of the 2014 presidential election, in which Joko Widodo defeated Prabowo.

Who Is Running?
Joko Widodo & Ma’ruf Amin

Incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, will run for re-election with senior Muslim cleric Ma'ruf Amin as his running mate.
This candidacy is being supported by 9 parties led by the party of former President Megawati Sukarnoputri (PDIP). President Jokowi is a member of this party. This coalition is also supported by the party of former President Soeharto (Golkar), the party of former President Wahid (PKB), the party of former Vice-president Hamzah Haz (PPP). Two other supporting parties, which have seats in the current parliament, are both splinters from Golkar and led respectively by a media tycoon (NasDem) and the current Speaker of the Senate (Hanura).

Prabowo Subianto & Sandiaga Uno
Facing off against above coalition is Lt Gen (ret) Prabowo Subianto, who ran and lost to Pres. Jokowi in 2014. He has a new vice-presidential running mate, Mr Sandiaga Uno, former Lieutenant Governor of Jakarta and a high profile young entrepreneur prior to entering politics. This coalition is supported by Mr Prabowo’s party (Gerindra).

Other members of the coalition consist of the party led by former President Yudhoyono (Democrat), the Speaker of the National Assembly Zulkifli Hasan (PAN), and the party often seen as Indonesia’s fraternal peer of the Muslim Brotherhood (PKS). Finally there is a new party, led by former President Soeharto’s youngest son, Tommy Soeharto (Berkarya).

It’s looking good for the incumbent. There is quite a lot of consistency across the board in recent months between the polling firms. Everyone has Jokowi-Ma’ruf ahead with around 53-58 percent of the vote, but that lead should soften as we get closer.  

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