STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT. The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) said its decision about whom it would forge an electoral alliance with would be made after the party matriarch Megawati Soekarnoputri named its presidential candidate, a move analysts said would likely lead to the creation of another bloc.
The remark was made by PDI-P secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto amid a plan by other major pro-government parties to build a grand coalition for the 2024 presidential election.
“Any cooperation between PDI-P and other political parties will be carried out after the announcement of the presidential candidate by Megawati at the right moment,” Hasto told The Jakarta Post. “The PDI-P’s stance is very clear in that it will nominate a party member as a presidential candidate. That is the basis of a partnership that we will seek to forge,” he added.
The General Elections Commission (KPU) published a provisional voter list for the 2024 presidential and legislative elections, which covers more than 205 million eligible voters nationwide.
A plenary meeting of the KPU approved the voter list of 205,853,518 individuals who can cast their ballots in the country’s 38 provinces and a number of voting stations overseas.
KPU chairman Hasyim Asy’ari said the list could still change as tabulators were still crunching numbers coming in from the regions.
Gerindra Party politician Sandiaga Uno, who served as running mate for party patron Prabowo Subianto in the previous presidential election, will decide after the Eid holiday whether to quit his party to join the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP), which has backed him as a potential candidate for the 2024 race.
Sandiaga said he faced a dilemma over whether to stay with Gerindra, which helped him win the Jakarta vice-governorship in 2017, or to join the PPP for new opportunities in 2024.
Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia has suggested that European companies and investors are still on the fence in regard to investing in Indonesia, as many are wary of any political turbulence or instability that might arise following President Jokowi’s departure from office in 2024.
“[Foreign investors] do trust Indonesia, but businessmen in Europe, or just about anywhere, are all asking who will be the next [person] to lead Indonesia and whether or not they will have the same commitment as Jokowi or not,” Bahlil said in a video statement.
To this end, he urged Indonesians to work together and convince foreign investors that the country remains united, despite the political tension and differences that might arise before and after the 2024 elections.
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) endorsed Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo as its candidate in the 2024 presidential election.
Ganjar, governor of one of the most populous provinces, is up against former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, in what is expected to be a hotly contested race.
The announcement was made at a livestreamed event by former president Megawati Sukarnoputri, leader of the PDI-P, which holds the most seats in parliament and leads the ruling coalition.
The results of a survey by Indikator Politik Indonesia stated that the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) electability had decreased following the removal of Indonesia as the FIFA U-20 World Cup host. “PDI-P and Democrats tend to decline.
Gerindra has tended to strengthen since late last year and the dynamics of other parties in general are still around five percent or low,” said the Executive Director Burhanuddin Muhtadi.
According to the Politika Researching & Consulting (PRC) 2024 presidential election survey, Prabowo Subianto’s electability has increased, Ganjar Pranowo has decreased, and Anies Baswedan has remained the same.
According to the survey, “relative to the results of the February 2023 survey, spontaneous support for Prabowo increased by four percent (from 18.9 to 22.4 percent), while Ganjar fell by one percent (from 21.3 to 20.2 percent), and Anies stagnated (17.9 percent).” In the simulation, Prabowo came out on top with 35.6 percent of the vote, followed by Ganjar at 29.4 percent and Anies at 25.2 percent.
National Awakening Party (PKB) Chair Muhaimin Iskandar said the Golkar Party had decided to join forces with the Great Indonesia Awakening Coalition (KKIR) amid a plan by major pro-government parties to stitch together a big-tent alliance to back a unified presidential ticket in the 2024 race.
“The new ‘fixed’ addition to the PKB-Gerindra Party alliance is Golkar. Hopefully, it won’t change,” Muhaimin said, referring to the KKIR. “It will be followed by the National Mandate Party [PAN], the United Development Party [PPP] and others. We hope this will further strengthen the PKB-Gerindra alliance,” he added.