JAKARTA: Capacity successors of Indonesia’s outgoing President Joko Widodo on Monday referred to as on him to remain neutral within the run-up to subsequent 12 months’s election amid public criticism he can be seeking to maintain power after leaving workplace.Presidential candidates Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo entreated the leader to hold neutrality in advance of the Feb 14, 2024 election, which is also being contested with the aid of Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto who’s going for walks with the president’s son.
“We regularly meet with individuals who love the president and that they have a message: the president should preserve neutrality,” ex-Jakarta governor Anies advised journalists after a lunch with Jokowi and the alternative presidential candidates on the nation palace.Democracy activists and political sources have raised concerns over what they see as Jokowi’s tries to grasp to strength and build a political dynasty, specifically after a current court docket ruling tweaked eligibility criteria, allowing the president’s eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka to sign up for Prabowo’s price ticket.
Analysts say the political maneouvering risks entrenching dynastic and patronage politics in a country that bore authoritarian rule for 32 years until 1998.Prabowo, who has a narrow lead in opinion polls, said Monday’s lunch became held in an “intimate” environment. His spokesperson did not immediately reply to a remark approximately the call for Jokowi to be neutral.
though Jokowi has publicly stated he’ll not intervene in the election, the popular president has tacitly backed Prabowo and by mobilising his legions of supporters to campaign for the candidate and pairing his son along with his former rival.On Monday, Jokowi also told regional leaders to stay neutral within the election. The president is unfastened to returned any candidate, and with continuously high approval ratings, is a kingmaker inside the election, analysts say.