Indonesia’s Most Popular Politician Joins Presidential Race

BAY ISMOYO—AFP/Getty Images This picture taken on August 22, 2013, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, a rock fan makes an air guitar gesture as he travels on a van on the way to make sight inspection in Jakarta city.

Barely a year in office, and he could win by a landslide

Indonesia’s main opposition party has nominated Joko Widodo, the wildly popular governor of Jakarta, to lead its presidential ticket.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Joko already has a formidable lead in the polls, trouncing the runners up by 30 to 40% margins.

In little more than a year as governor, Joko has garnered good standing as a political outsider, unsullied by corruption. If he can maintain his reputation as a reformer up until elections on July 9, analysts predict he could win the ballot by a landslide.


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