The Jakarta Post
Feb. 26, p2
If there is one person in Indonesia that has the strongest emotional bond with this republic and will not risk the country's future for mere political ambition, that person is probably Megawati Soekarnoputri. It is her father's legacy that has given her a sense of responsibility to preserve the unity and sustain the progress of this nation.
It was for this reason that she decided to run for the presidency in the past, and it is also for this reason that she will not run again. She will instead endorse Jakarta Governor Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo. (By Johannes Ardiant, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
At first I was against Jokowi running for president. I felt he was needed in Jakarta to finish his term. Now I feel that with Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama taking over, Jakarta will continue on the road it is trying to travel.
I don't know about the will of history but I do know it looks to be the will of the people that want to turn the corner and head with their chins held high into the future with a more honest and forward-thinking political system.
Yes, it is the will of history for Jokowi to take control of this nation, just like what Megawati's father used to say: 'I leave this country to you, etc.'
Sukarno traveled a long and winding road to save this nation. He was arrested, thrown into jail and exiled. Against all odds, he bravely proclaimed independence after which the problems and challenges mounted until finally he died.
I pray for Jokowi. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is the only party to endorse pluralism, supporting the nullification of mentioning religion on identity cards.
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