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Jakarta Post

VP pick reflects power struggle in Jokowi coalition

  • Sita W. Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  12:40 am

After months of speculation, weeks full of red herrings and last-minute changes on all sides, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was the first to reveal his cards, announcing his coalition’s final decision to endorse the nation’s top cleric, Ma’ruf Amin, as his vice-presidential candidate, a day before the candidate registration deadline.

Later, before midnight, Jokowi’s challenger, Gerindra Party chief patron Prabowo Subianto, introduced outgoing Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno as his running mate at his residence in South Jakarta, a decision that upset Democratic Party elites but left them with no better option than to stay in the coalition.

The elites of nine political parties backing Jokowi’s candidacy and journalists had gathered at an upscale Indonesian restaurant in Menteng, Central Jakarta, since Thursday afternoon, but rumor had it since the morning...