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Jakarta governor would easily win Indonesian presidency: Poll

Published on Jan 8, 2014 5:44 PM
 
Jakarta's Governor Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, is surrounded by residents during his visit to inspect the aftermath of a slum fire area in west Jakarta, on April 9, 2013. Mr Widodo looks unstoppable as the man to be Indonesia's next president, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014, which showed him four times more popular than his closest rival. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Jakarta's hugely popular governor, Joko Widodo, looks unstoppable as the man to be Indonesia's next president, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday, which showed him four times more popular than his closest rival.

The snag is that neither Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, nor the party he is allied to have said whether he will even run in July's presidential election.

The major opposition PDI-P party is agonising over whether to pick as their candidate the man who was a political unknown little more than a year ago.

The poll for the major daily Kompas, taken in December, gave the Jakarta governor 43.5 per cent of the vote, far ahead of his nearest competitor and former frontrunner, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, whose rating dropped to 11.1 per cent from 15.1.

 
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