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As Prabowo goes off script, Indonesia’s Jokowi teases Pranowo as political heir

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Indonesia election: Jokowi teases ‘brave, gutsy’ Ganjar Pranowo as successor, as Prabowo goes off script

Outgoing Indonesian President Joko Widodo hasn’t formally endorsed a successor yet, but he’s not been shy about dropping hintsHis vote already looked to be going to Ganjar Pranowo, and Prabowo Subianto’s loose lips on a Ukraine peace plan may only have hardened his resolveIndonesiaResty Woro YuniarPublished: 12:00pm, 11 Jun, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

In the shadow boxing of Indonesia’s pre-election season, a sounding of support for the “brave, gutsy” Ganjar Pranowo by incumbent President Joko Widodo has set tongues wagging that the Central Java governor will enjoy heavyweight backing come next year.Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, will pick a new president in February. It will be the first time since 2014, when Widodo – better known as ‘Jokowi’ – took office, winning plaudits for stewarding growth and beckoning in foreign investment to pay for ambitious infrastructure schemes.

As Widodo, 61, draws to the end of his second and final five-year term, his remarks last week during a meeting of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), suggested to many that he has anointed his political heir.

“A future leader [should be] like Mr. Ganjar Pranowo, the most important thing [a leader should have] is courage, [they should have] bravery and guts. I can see that Ganjar has that quality,” Widodo said on Tuesday.

February’s election will be held in the wake of a pandemic that has tugged on Indonesia’s hopes of becoming a “high income” nation by 2045 and spurred a global inflation crisis that has made life more expensive for many in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.

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