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NasDem aims to supplant PDI-P in 2024

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, November 7, 2019   /  09:05 am
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (left) and NasDem Party chairman Surya Paloh speak to reporters at the NasDem headquarters in Central Jakarta in this file photo. (kompas.com/Ryana Aryadita Umasugi)

The NasDem Party, currently the nation’s fourth-largest party, will hold its second national congress in Jakarta over the weekend, but most of the attention will be on the figure it has chosen to open it: Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.   The party has claimed that there is nothing political about inviting Anies to its congress, but given the party’s maneuverings after the April legislative and presidential elections, speculation is rife that party leader Surya Paloh—a veteran politician with a strong media network—is preparing a grand strategy for 2024, with the Jakarta governor as one of its potential presidential candidates. Paloh, analysts say, is toying with the idea of building a new political axis with the opposition parties to take on the nation’s two biggest parties: the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerind...