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Jakarta Post

Ma'ruf takes back seat in first 100 days

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 31, 2020   /  07:16 am
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Vice President Ma'ruf Amin waves from inside a train while visiting Serang railway station in Serang, Banten, on Thursday.(Antara/Asep Fathulrahman)

As President Joko “Jokowi” Widido’s vice president, Ma'ruf Amin has spent his first 100 days in office out of the spotlight, drawing unfavorable comparisons to his predecessor and raising questions about his role as the country's second-in-command. The senior Muslim cleric's advanced age and relatively limited experience in party politics was predicted to cause him to have a more peripheral role than former vice president Jusuf Kalla, and the past few months seem to have confirmed that, observers have noted. "Pak Ma'ruf was chosen as [Jokowi's] running mate for symbolic reasons, and he seems to be playing a symbolic role as vice president," Firman Noor, head of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Political Research Center, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. He added that Ma'ruf's political capacity was very differe...