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Jakarta Post

COMMENTARY: Politics is personal in Jakarta gubernatorial election

  • M. Taufiqurrahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 26, 2017   /  08:20 am
COMMENTARY: Politics is personal in Jakarta gubernatorial election Gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan greets people after voting in the first round of Jakarta election in Cilandak, South Jakarta, on Feb. 15, 2017. (Antara/M Agung Rajasa)

It was a great comeback story that people will continue to talk about in the years to come. It was also a Shakespearian revenge story worthy of its own stage play. For those on the losing side, it resembles a Greek tragedy from which it will take compunction and soul-searching before everyone involved is able to pick up the pieces and move on. Only nine months after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo dismissed him as the culture and education minister, Anies Baswedan is now the governor-elect of Jakarta, a victory with political significance that should not be underestimated. If Jokowi thought back then that removing Anies from his Cabinet could prevent him from aiming for the ultimate prize, running as a candidate in a future presidential election, the decision turned out to have brought him closer to the goal instead. In fact, if Jokowi removed Anies to prevent him fro...