Indonesia: After Big Win in Jakarta, Gerindra Targets 2019 Presidential Election – 21 Apr 2017

  • The Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra, the main backer of Anies Baswedan’s run for governorship in Jakarta, is optimistic about its chances of winning the 2019 presidential election after quick count results pointed to a comprehensive win for Anies and running mate Sandiaga Uno.
  • According to a survey on approval ratings for political parties released on 21 Apr 17 by pollster PolMark Indonesia, Gerindra came second in political electability with 16.1% of the respondents saying they would vote for a Gerindra candidate in the 2019 presidential election. The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) was slightly ahead in the poll with a rating of 16.9%.
  • Gerindra currently holds 73 out of 560 seats in the House of Representatives (DPR). Anggawira said the PolMark survey shows Gerindra has earned the trust of the public which the party will translate into real political support.
  • Despite Anggawira’s claim, records shows that Gerindra’s Jakarta city councilor M. Sanusi was arrested by KPK, Indonesia’s antigraft agency, after reportedly receiving a kickback from a property company in the controversial North Jakarta reclamation project.

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