Many are sympathetic with the Jakarta governor after the President Cup snub, raising speculation he could have a part to play in the 2019 presidential election.
With six months to go before the 2019 presidential election registrations, the contest currently centres on Jokowi’s potential running mate.
The MD3 Law revision is said to be politically motivated to accommodate PDI-P’s desire for chairman seats in the DPR and MPR, compensating it for more Golkar seats in the cabinet.
The president has given his vice president a bigger role in policy making as part of his efforts to consolidate forces ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
Jokowi is recruiting army and police retirees to contest the 2019 presidential election. As in 2014, he is likely to be up against a presidential candidate from the military.
Golkar received an additional seat in the cabinet. Idrus Marham as social affairs minister is important for the development program success, which will increase Jokowi’s electability.
Jokowi, through the parties that back his administration, has nominated different candidates from PDI-P in the 2018 gubernatorial election. This is interpreted as a strategy.
Close ties between Jokowi and Edy Rahmayadi first developed when preparing for the marriage of Kahiyang Ayu to Bobby Nasution. Bobby is the nephew of Edy’s wife, Nawal Lubis.
PDI-P has nominated Megawati’s niece, Puti Guntur Soekarno, as its candidate for deputy governor of East Java, running with Saifullah Yusuf.
The success of PDI-P in persuading Taj Yasin, the son of KH Maimoen Zubair, to run with Ganjar Pranowo surprised Sudirman Said’s team.