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No Jokowi factor, but will there be compromise?

Published on Apr 15, 2014 11:30 AM
 
Mr Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (centre, in white) may be the new-generation leader a youthful electorate is looking for, but the party he represents, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle, has its roots buried in the past. It got its act together too late before the election. -- PHOTO: THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Instead of promising a new beginning, as in the heady post-Suharto days of 1999, Indonesia's fourth general election appears to have consigned the country to five more years of messy coalition politics, uncertain policies and shaky governance.

With presidential pace-setter Joko "Jokowi" Widodo failing to ignite the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) and smaller parties doing better than expected, a new PDI-P-led government will need at least four partners to enjoy a comfortable majority in the 560-seat House of Representatives.

Mr Joko is still the hot favourite to win the presidency. Indeed, one recent poll gives him 55 per cent support, ahead of Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) leader Prabowo Subianto on 20 per cent and Golkar party chairman Aburizal Bakrie on 9 per cent.

But if he holds his current course, he will have to accommodate parties he had no intention of accommodating and make compromises he had no intention of making, while PDI-P leader Megawati Sukarnoputri peers, ever-present, over his shoulder.

 
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Mr Joko is still the hot favourite to win the presidency... But if he holds his current course, he will have to accommodate parties he had no intention of accommodating and make compromises he had no intention of making, while PDI-P leader Megawati Sukarnoputri peers, ever-present, over his shoulder.

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