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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Same old horses: How different will the 2019 race be?

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  12:25 am

It’s déjà vu. Next year’s presidential election is looking to be a repeat of the 2014 race with the same two “old” horses, and by most current predictions, we are nearly assured the same outcome.

The nation is again being asked to choose between Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto for the 2019-2024 president. You can hardly call it a democracy when the choices are limited to the same-o, same-o. We may have 19 political parties to choose from, but we only have two options for our president.

The two candidates may have different running mates this time around, but elections are hardly won on the VP’s strengths. They may bring in a few extra votes that could be important in a close race. But voters look to the presidential candidates first and foremost, looking at their personality, character, background and
track records.

Same old horses, perh...