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Megawati’s choice and the ‘old wine in old bottles’ phenomenon

  • Teguh Santosa

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 3 2012   /  09:58 am

When talking to Megawati Soekarnoputri’s closest advisors and friends about what is on her mind these days, it becomes clear that she is still undecided about whether or not to contest the 2014 presidential election.

Being the chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), one of the country’s largest political parties, a position which also holds an indisputable veto on the party’s nomination of a presidential candidate, her decision on whether to take up the challenge or anoint a new figure is one of the big remaining questions hanging over the 2014 race.

Megawati has good reason to be somewhat hesitant.

Unlike Aburizal Bakrie of the Golkar Party and Prabowo Subianto of the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party, who are trying “their luck” in the upcoming election, Megawati has already been president. She is probably aware that,...