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Jakarta   /   Sat, October 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (center) greets officials after leading a ceremony to commemorate Jakarta's 493rd anniversary at the City Hall in Central Jakarta on Monday, June 22, 2020. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

For a leader, three years should be more than enough to amass some achievements that could convince people they had elected the right person. Given the country’s five-year political cycle, the third year in power usually marks the beginning of a concerted, systematic effort to win reelection or, if possible, gun for a higher office. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is no exception. Many predict he will fight to retain his mandate in 2022 to keep his chances of running in the 2024 presidential election alive. While he certainly deserves a shot, the question is what he has in store to woo more than 50 percent of the electorate. Anies assumed office on Oct. 16, 2017, along with Sandiaga Uno after a divisive race that many believed was an extension of the elite rivalry that characterized the 2014 presidential election. There is no doubt that religious sentiment, as evinced by the ...