Sri Mulyani among top choices as Jokowi's running mate: Poll

Election wins by more females show Indonesia society changing

A poll earlier this month put Indonesia's maverick Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawatiamong the top five potential vice-presidential nominees.
A poll earlier this month put Indonesia's maverick Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawatiamong the top five potential vice-presidential nominees. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indonesia's maverick Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has emerged as a leading candidate to be President Joko Widodo's running mate at the next elections, according to at least two recent polls.

But while she remains a long shot as a non-partisan nominee, the surveys, together with a rise in the number of women winning in regional polls last month, have sparked talk that Indonesia could be ready for a woman vice-president, or another president, sooner, rather than later.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 17, 2018, with the headline 'Sri Mulyani among top choices as Jokowi's running mate: Poll'. Subscribe