Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has again topped another poll of prospective presidential candidates, despite there being no move by his party to officially nominate him for the nation’s highest office.
Pessimism has continued to loom over the Democratic Party’s convention, as a critic says it is unlikely for the winner of the presidential candidate race to end up with enough support from party members to be nominated.
As Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono struggles in the twilight of his second term with elections looming next year, this week's diplomatic brawl with Australia offers an opportunity to stoke nationalist sentiment and rebuild support.
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle and the Great Indonesia Movement Party have reportedly signed a political pact in 2009 — dubbed the Batu Tulis Pact — that included a point where Megawati Soekarnoputri’s party promised support for Gerindra chief patron Prabowo Subianto’s presidential bid in 2014. The pact — if verified— could have serious more »
Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama received a double boost at the end of the week, after accepting the Bung Hatta Anti-Corruption award on Thursday and receiving a recommendation from his boss that he was a good bet for the presidency in 2014. “He deserves to be nominated for president,” Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said in more »
The Golkar Party has hinted at a list of names it will consider when deciding on a suitable running mate for the party’s chairman and presidential candidate, Aburizal Bakrie, in next year’s election. Setya Novanto, the Golkar chairman at the House of Representatives, said over the weekend that the party’s elites were currently considering several more »
Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan, who is also a presidential hopeful, said that having a government filled with technocrats was the way forward for Indonesia.
As the 2014 elections draw near, presidential and legislative candidates are trying to make the best of their chance to woo the public, before the official campaign period even kicks off. To that end, some politicians have tried to involve themselves in any public event available, including sporting competitions of all varieties. In a predictable more »
Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie has denied allegations of running for president to rescue his family’s business empire.