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Kingmaker Megawati

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, August 15 2019   /  12:58 am

Like it or not, the fact that the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) unanimously entrusted Megawati Soekarnoputri to remain at the helm of the ruling party for another five years last weekend shows she is firmly among the powers-that-be in this country. She does not have to be president, which she was from 2001 to 2004, to change the course of the country, as evident from the 2014 and 2019 elections. Her influence is likely to remain in 2024.She was the kingmaker who catapulted then-little known Surakarta mayor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to Jakarta’s governorship in 2012 and presidency two years later. Jokowi would have not won his second term last April without Megawati’s blessing. She also reportedly played a crucial part in the nomination of Ma’ruf Amin as Jokowi’s running mate.Unlike Jokowi, who will become a lame duck president near the end of his term in 2024, Me...