Indonesia General Election 2019

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Indonesia General Election 2019 will be a very important political activity for next year and beyond. Indonesia takes a very strategic role in South East Asia countries, and even to world. Indonesia is one of the most dynamic economies in Southeast Asia With a GDP of more than $1 trillion, a population of 264 million, and diverse natural resources. The 264 million people spread to the thousands islands (totally more than 12 million empty and inhabit islands). There is one important island (Java island) from the five biggest islands (Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Celebes and The west Papua) which is most important for the voters quantity, since the island has most population among others. It is also one of the region’s most robust democracies. With less than six months until presidential elections in April 2019, the battle lines are already being drawn. As the government fights to maintain the rupiah amid changing global trade conditions, lively public debate emerges over the role of Islam in public life, inequality, foreign debt, and fake news.

A rematch of the 2014 vote. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the nation’s first leader from outside the political and military elite, is once again facing Prabowo Subianto, a former lieutenant general and establishment figure who chairs the Gerindra Party.

Jokowi remains the favorite; he is ahead in the most recent polls and retains his image as a down-to-earth man of the people. However, despite some success he has not delivered on all his 2014 election promises. In an effort to bolster his religious credentials and appeal to more conservative elements, Jokowi has chosen Ma’ruf Amin – head of the Indonesian Ulema Council and supreme leader of Nahdlatul Ulama (Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization) – as his running partner.

Prabowo offers a strong-man image. As a former military leader, he has credibility on security and promotes a “just” society through economic and political prosperity. There are overlapping themes with Jokowi’s campaign, though no precise policy proposals from either candidate yet. Prabowo’s running mate is Sandiaga Uno, a business entrepreneur who retired as Jakarta’s deputy governor in order to run. Sandiaga has economic credibility and has already shown his appeal to younger voters, who, at 30 percent of the electorate, are crucial to both campaigns. (said TheDiplomat.Com)

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