TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - There was a political earthquake at the end of last week. Muhamin Iskandar, Chair of the National Awakening Party (PKB) left the coalition of parties supporting Prabowo Subianto. The politically accepted reason for Muhaimin’s departure was that he no longer had a chance to be Prabowo’s vice-presidential candidate after the National Mandate Party (PAN) and Golkar joined forces.
Golkar brought Airlangga Hartarto, while PAN brought Erick Thohir as their vice-presidential candidates. Although these two potential running mates for Prabowo lost ground due to the emergence of a new name, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, Muhaimin’s chances were already closed. His opportunity was revived when he joined forces with Anies Baswedan.
Anies has yet to announce his running mate. The Democrat Party is eager to propose Chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, but the electorate for both candidates is the same. Agus also does not strengthen Anies’ electability in weak provinces. Choosing Muhaimin is clearly a more politically sensible option than accepting the Democrat Party’s proposal.
The problem is, Muhaimin has a history of alleged corruption. He once served as the Minister of Manpower in Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s cabinet. There was news of bribery involving ‘durian fruit boxes’ from Indonesian migrant worker providers that were detected by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Now, the KPK is set to question Muhaimin again following last week’s declaration of Anies-Muhaimin as presidential and vice-presidential candidates for 2024.
However, Muhaimin’s joining of Anies’ camp could restore the good relations between NasDem Chair Suraya Paloh and President Jokowi. Anies’ nomination has caused a rift between the two. Therefore, Muhaimin’s inclusion can be seen as Jokowi’s influence within Anies’ coalition. Jokowi’s maneuvering to determine his successor has been accomplished. He has a hand in every presidential candidate.
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