TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - They used to be like brothers. Now the relationship between NasDem General Chair Surya Paloh and President Joko Widodo is at a crossroads. It is certain that Jokowi will not support Anies Baswedan, the presidential candidate that NasDem has long backed.
Jokowi did not invite Surya Paloh to a meeting of the parties supporting his government. Surya has even given media interviews on the cooling of his relationship with Jokowi. Last week, we met with Surya Paloh at his office. He told us about his plan to become an opponent of Jokowi.
The differences over the support of presidential candidates in the 2024 elections do not stop there. A number of NasDem politicians have claimed that after the declaration of support for Anies Baswedan running for the presidency back in October 2022, several of Surya Paloh’s business ventures came to a halt, and even face the threat of vanishing. A number of parties supporting Jokowi are also trying to break up the Coalition of Change for Unity by lobbying the Democrat Party and the Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) to end their association with NasDem.
It is not yet certain that Anies Baswedan will be able to run for the presidency. The coalition of NasDem, the Democrat and the PKS is not solid. They are still arguing over who will be the running mate for Anies. This squabbling could break up the coalition supporting Anies.
The battle for power in the run up to the presidential election is heating up. Is this beneficial for the people? Read about the parting of ways between Surya Paloh and Jokowi and developments in the coalition supporting Anies Baswedan in this week’s Tempo English cover story.
The Ups and Downs of the Relationship between Surya Paloh and Jokowi
Surya Paloh and Jokowi have known each other for more than a decade period. Jokowi has repeatedly given Surya special treatment.
Are Surya Paloh’s Businesses being Disrupted?
The decision by NasDem to nominate Anies Baswedan has become a boomerang. Surya Paloh’s businesses have been disrupted.
Who are Anies Baswedan’s Possible Running Mates?
The coalition supporting Anies Baswedan has continued to make no progress over the question of the running mate. Anies is using a special strategy in East Java and Central Java.
Surya, Jokowi and Politics without the People
The relationship between Surya Paloh and Jokowi is not good for the people. It would be better for NasDem to immediately leave the coalition supporting the government.
Surya Paloh, General Chair of Nasdem Party: I’m Ready to be the Opposition
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