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Jakarta Post

Time for younger generation to lead the nation

  • Afrianto Daud

Melbourne, Australia   /   Mon, November 7 2011   /  08:00 am

The upcoming 2014 presidential election is predicted to be a fierce contest and will be interesting to watch.

Unlike previous elections which featured senior figures such as Jusuf Kalla from Golkar Party, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from the Democratic Party, Amien Rais from the National Mandate Party (PAN) and Megawati Soekarnoputri from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), in 2014 it is very unlikely that these great figures will compete. While Yudhoyono cannot run due to term limits, the others will face age constraints.

In the next three years, Megawati will reach the age of 67; Jusuf Kalla, 72; Amien Rais, 70; and Prabowo Subianto will be 63 years old. Some other top leaders of the established political parties will also no longer be young enough in 2014, as in the case of Aburizal Bakrie and Hatta Rajasa.

While there is no crystal clear border lin...