Talks over the next state leadership have started to take up a significant portion of national media platforms, even though the presidential election was only less than three months ago, and the elected pair for the next five years has not even been inaugurated. Above all the widely tipped traits of an expected victorious candidate, young age is apparently the subject of the discourse. The Jakarta Post’s Fachrul Sidiq, Novan Iman Santosa, Imanuddin Razakand Semarang correspondent Suherdjoko take a closer look at the issue.

by Fachrul Sidiq, Novan Iman Santosa, Imanuddin Razak & Suherdjoko

The battle for state leadership in the 2024 presidential election will be among [some] governors and regional leaders,” said one veteran politician in an event recently. He did not explain in detail his hypothesis, nor pro-vide a comprehensive argument on his statement. However, at least this senior politician has some reasonable grounds that are undisputable. The reelected Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who will be inaugurated along with his vice president-elect Ma’ruf Amin in October, will certainly not contest the 2024 election due to a constitutional limitation that regulates a president can only serve a maximum two terms in office. Ma’ruf himself is already 76 years old this year and it is very unlikely that he will run in 2024 when he will be 81. An exception will perhaps be Prabowo Subianto, who challenged Jokowi in the 2014 and this year’s pres...