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Commentary: Indonesians want reassurance about democracy, not a third Joko Widodo term

His anti-corruption platform and his humble background made him the folks’s favorite, and he received comfortably with a vote share of 53.15 per cent in opposition to his opponent Prabowo Subianto’s 46.85 per cent in 2014. He bettered his personal efficiency in 2019, with 55.5 per cent of the vote in opposition to Prabowo’s 44.5 per cent.


With lower than two years to go earlier than the 2024 election, the unofficial begin of marketing campaign season in Indonesia is clearly right here. Widodo solely popping out not too long ago to forcefully shut down the hypothesis about his goals is partly guilty for the rising nervousness amongst Indonesians that their hard-won democracy would possibly backslide.

In August 2021, observers had already famous the rising momentum amongst some Widodo supporters to push for constitutional modifications that will permit a third term. 

Despite the efforts of “Jok-Pro 2024”, a foyer group championing a mixed Widodo-Prabowo ticket, falling flat, Indonesians are keenly conscious that a minority group of energy brokers will proceed to champion an extension or probably even a return to an oblique presidential election.

Whatever his non-public ambitions, and nevertheless troublesome it has been to manipulate Indonesia throughout the pandemic, Widodo would do effectively to hearken to the scholars’ complaints and set an instance for all who comply with him to the Merdeka Palace.

A third term for him as president is a non-starter, and if he has not clearly recognized a successor, maybe it’s now time to think about how finest he might be a kingmaker to a candidate who will protect his legacy.

Julia Lau is an Editor of the Fulcrum and a non-resident scholar of George Washington University’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies. This commentary first appeared on ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s weblog the Fulcrum.



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