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Coalition building strategy à la Jokowi

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 20, 2017   /  01:37 pm
Coalition building strategy à la Jokowi President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo delivers his state of the nation address before members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) on Aug. 16. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

It has been three years since Joko “Jokowi” Widodo took the oath at the House of Representatives as the president. Jokowi is the first Indonesian president elected from outside the circle of the political and military elite, thus considered a newbie in national politics. Nevertheless, observing what he has withstood so far, Jokowi has proven himself to be an agile and tough political player in Indonesia. It took only two years for Jokowi to tip the political balance by controlling almost 70 percent of support in the House, compared to 37 percent of the House on his first day in office. This helped pave the way for his reform agenda. Golkar (the second-largest political party), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and United Development Party (PPP) had switched their allegiance, leaving only Gerindra and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in the opposition camp. In a masters...

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