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Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf factor and Indonesia’s democracy

  • Zain Maulana


Leeds, The UK   /   Fri, May 24, 2019   /  10:35 am
Ma’ruf factor and Indonesia’s democracy Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C), his vice president 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)

Recently, The Jakarta Post published a crucial and timely debate on the Ma’ruf Amin factor in April’s presidential election and its potential effect on Indonesian democracy. While Ahmad Najib Burhani (May 9) argued that Ma’ruf, a Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) top figure, had failed to boost Jokowi’s electability and potentially degraded Indonesia’s democracy, Azis Anwar Fachrudin (May 18) emphasized the role of Ma’ruf and the NU factor in increasing Jokowi’s share of the vote in East and Central Java. Furthermore, Azis implied that there was no need to worry about Jokowi’s alliance with the NU, because Indonesia was a Pancasila state, rather than a liberal democratic state, and indeed the alliance was better, when we consider the Indonesian political reality, than Prabowo Subianto’s Islamist-backed coalition. Emphasizing the...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.