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Indonesian political sniping offers presidential hopeful Jokowi some help

Published on Apr 22, 2014 5:22 PM
 
In this picture taken on April 11, 2014, popular presidential candidate of main the opposition party Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (centre) walks with his supporters in Jakarta following the April 9, 2014 legislative election. Joko "Jokowi" Widodo looks to be getting some extra help from the bickering that threatens to undermine his chief rivals to become the next leader of the world's third biggest democracy. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesian presidential frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo looks to be getting some extra help from the bickering that threatens to undermine his chief rivals to become the next leader of the world's third biggest democracy.

No political party managed to win the required number of votes in this month's general election to be allowed to nominate on its own a candidate for a July 9 presidential poll, forcing them to cut deals with other parties.

Only Jakarta governor Jokowi's Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) has managed to find a partner to lift him above the threshhold needed for a nomination.

A smooth path to the presidential palace for Jokowi, whose huge popularity rests on his clean, can-do image, would likely cheer foreign investors eager to see a smooth transition in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

 
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