Jakarta governor said to be eyeing presidency

Speculation intensifies that ex-minister will enter fray, as nominations open next month

Indonesian President Joko Widodo with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (in white) at Mr Anies' swearing-in ceremony in Jakarta last October. Voting for Indonesia's next president will take place on April 17 next year.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (in white) at Mr Anies' swearing-in ceremony in Jakarta last October. Voting for Indonesia's next president will take place on April 17 next year.PHOTO: REUTERS

Many Indonesians expect next year's presidential election to see a rematch between President Joko Widodo and his former rival Prabowo Subianto.

But talk of another rival has intensified recently, with a month to go before nominations for the presidential contest open on Aug 4.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2018, with the headline 'Jakarta governor said to be eyeing presidency'. Subscribe