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Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf factor in Jokowi’s reelection success

  • Ahmad Najib Burhani


Jakarta   /   Thu, May 9, 2019   /  10:23 am
Ma’ruf factor in Jokowi’s reelection success Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C), his vice presidential candidate Maruf Amin (centre R) and coalition party leaders hold a press conference after the country's general election in Jakarta on April 17, 2019. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

While the official results of the presidential election will be announced only on May 22, quick counts from some pollsters indicate that Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin will win the race. Considering his incumbency and the grand coalition behind him, ranging from big political parties to Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country’s largest Muslim organization, Jokowi’s 55 percent of the vote, just 2 percent more than he won in 2014, constitute a failure. The question now is how significant the role of Ma’ruf was in Jokowi’s seeming reelection and how far identity politics undermined his electability. Some have defended Ma’ruf, saying that had Jokowi not picked him as his running mate, he would have lost the race. They say Ma’ruf has shielded Jokowi from various attacks relating to identity politics, such as accusati...

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