Anies and Ganjar to have collaborated to impede Prabowo’s bid for outright victory

Ganjar Pranowo and Anies Baswedan are rumoured to have collaborated to impede Prabowo Subianto’s bid for an outright victory in the upcoming elections on February 14.

In a surprising twist leading up to the highly anticipated Indonesia Election 2024, speculations are rife about a potential alliance between two prominent figures – Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo.

Ganjar Pranowo, the former central Java governor, and Anies Baswedan, the ex-governor of Jakarta are rumoured to have collaborated to impede Prabowo Subianto’s bid for an outright victory in the upcoming elections on February 14. Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto has been agreeably in the lead in opinion surveys after recruiting the eldest son of President Joko Widodo as his running mate in October. The contemporary polls have placed defence minister Prabowo Subianto quite ahead of his opponents.

Anies Baswedan, the current governor of Jakarta, has been a prominent figure in Indonesian politics, known for his progressive stance and urban development initiatives. On the other hand, Ganjar Pranowo, the popular governor of Central Java, has gained widespread acclaim for his effective governance and people-centric policies. Both of them have not been idle. In the latest television debates, Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo have fixated on the attention of the people of Indonesia by going on the offensive against Prabowo Subianto.

Political analysts believe that the potential alliance between Anies and Ganjar could reshape the electoral landscape, bringing together a considerable grassroots following. This collaboration is a countermeasure to Prabowo Subianto’s strong bid for an outright victory.
According to Anies Baswedan, “Half of our soldiers do not have official residences, while the minister owns 340,000 hectares of land.” Anies Baswedan asserted that he was stating the data that was used by Joko Widodo when battled against Prabowo in the 2019 election. This debate took place last Sunday where Anies targeted the purported wealth of Prabowo meanwhile, Ganjar criticized Prabowo’s handling of the defense budget.
Ian Wilson, a senior fellow at the Indo-Pacific Research Centre at Murdoch University exclaimed that the ganging up of Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo on the front runner was quite expected. He also mentioned that Prabowo is widely perceived as the leading candidate by both contenders due to his strong position in the polls. He explained that the candidates are targeting Prabowo for this reason. Additionally, he expressed the belief that Prabowo lacks the votes to secure a victory in the initial round, suggesting the likelihood of a second round.

The rapidly evolving dynamics of Indonesian politics, with alliances forming and dissolving in the run-up to the election, the speculated alliance between Anies and Ganjar raises questions about the future alignment of political forces in the country. The potential alliance between Anies and Ganjar poses a formidable challenge to Prabowo’s electoral strategy.