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Editorial: Jokowi’s real battle

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 22 2012   /  11:28 am

As soon as he takes office as the Jakarta governor on Oct. 7, the next battle awaiting Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will not be any easier than the ones he came through during two grueling rounds of electioneering. Now, he will have to deal with politicians at the Jakarta legislative council, who mostly represent parties that were opposed to his candidacy.

This is a potential stalemate that may force him to seek compromise to realize the platforms he offered to his voters during the election. Worse, the “opposition” dominated council may conspire to stall or hold his programs hostage in revenge for their humiliating defeat in the gubernatorial election.

Jokowi and his running mate Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama were nominated by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party, which altogether hold only 17 out of 94 s...