Indonesia's presidential election

Third alliance may emerge in 2019 Indonesian presidential election contest

Islamic parties PAN and PKS trying to get PKB to ditch ruling coalition and join them

Indonesia's upcoming presidential election, which is expected to be a two-way fight between Gerindra Party chief Prabowo Subianto (left) and President Joko Widodo, may see a third alliance emerge.
Indonesia's upcoming presidential election, which is expected to be a two-way fight between Gerindra Party chief Prabowo Subianto (left) and President Joko Widodo, may see a third alliance emerge. PHOTOS: AFP, REUTERS

A third alliance may emerge to contest Indonesia's presidential election next year, which until recently had largely been expected to be a two-way battle between President Joko Widodo and Gerindra Party chief Prabowo Subianto.

Political analysts and insiders told The Straits Times this week that two Islamic parties, the National Mandate Party (PAN) and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), are trying to prise the National Awakening Party (PKB) away from Mr Joko's coalition to form their own ticket.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2018, with the headline 'Third alliance may emerge in 2019 contest'. Subscribe