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Jokowi’s extreme pragmatism

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  01:02 am

On Thursday, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the incumbent President, backed by nine political parties controlling 60 percent of the seats at the House of Representatives, took pragmatism to the extreme.

By picking Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate, Jokowi went the extra mile to secure his chance for reelection, going farther to the right, way past his opponent Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, who tapped Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno as his running mate. Sandiaga, prior to his current position, was known for his business acumen rather than his Muslim credentials.

By making this move, Jokowi planned for all possibilities in next year’s presidential election and leaves nothing to chance. It was widely reported that Ma’ruf was the only figure that all parties in his coalition could support and had the least amount of resi...