As the scramble starts, Anies Baswedan charts a course to be Indonesia’s next president

The former Jakarta governor, considered to be a leading contender, lays out the thinking in his camp as the tempo of manoeuvres by rivals and potential backers quickens ahead of the 2024 race.

Mr Anies Baswedan was once a close aide of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his campaign spokesman in 2014. PHOTO: ANIES BASWEDAN/FACEBOOK
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Indonesian presidential hopeful Anies Baswedan is acutely aware of the perils of allowing enthusiasm to get the better of prudence. 

As education minister in President Joko Widodo’s first Cabinet that began work in October 2014, Mr Anies wrote directly to some 215,000 school principals across Indonesia. While he could frame policies, success lay entirely in the hands of the heads of schools, he wrote.

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