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Jakarta Post

What to expect after the polls

  • Edbert Gani Suryahudaya


Jakarta   /   Thu, May 16, 2019   /  11:32 am
What to expect after the polls Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and First Lady Iriana cast their ballots at a polling station during the presidential and legislative elections in Jakarta on April 17. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Looking at the quick and real counts that are still progressing, the composition of legislative seats for the next five years is becoming clear. There will be no new party working in Senayan. The Hanura Party is the only party within the government coalition that is unlikely to get any seats. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) will keep its power as the biggest party, while NasDem will enjoy a significant increase in votes. However, the political dynamics in the legislature will be much different compared with 2014. When elected in 2014, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo did not have a majority in the House of Representatives. It took him over a year to reconfigure the balance of power among political parties and gather support to confidently start making policy decisions. Jokowi will most likely have a stronger grip on the House from the very start of his...

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