Popular governor of Indonesian capital ‘prepared’ to run for president

SINGAPORE: The popular governor of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Thursday (Sep 15) said he is “prepared” to run for president of the world’s third-largest democracy in 2024, despite not yet securing the support of any political party.

With his five-year term as governor coming to a close next month, Anies Baswedan, 53, has emerged in independent opinion polls as one of the top figures expected to contest the presidential election due in February 2024.

“I’m prepared to run for president if a party nominates me,” he told Reuters in an interview in Singapore, adding that not being a member of a party allows him “room to communicate with all factions”.

“These unsolicited surveys happening before I’m even campaigning, I think they give me more credibility,” said Anies, a former education minister and university rector.

Other popular potential candidates include Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto, who ran twice before, unsuccessfully, and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, an up-and-coming politician in the ruling party. Incumbent Joko Widodo has reached his two-term limit and cannot run again.

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