Indonesian presidential politics: Of kings, warriors and dark horses

The manoeuvres for pole position to succeed Jokowi in the 2024 polls are under way, with the likely candidates building up their profiles in different ways.

Presidential hopefuls in Indonesia are busy manoeuvring to get a head start to succeed Mr Joko Widodo in 2024. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Although Indonesia's presidential election will not take place till 2024, this has not stopped politicians from trying to get a head start in the race, with a flurry of recent manoeuvres conducted on billboards and social media.

The imperative to do so is heightened by the fact that the field is wide open. President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, is technically barred from running again, having served the maximum two terms.

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