Ganjar and Baswedan to consider alliance to prevent Widodo’s succession plan ahead of Indonesia elections 2024

The political landscape in Indonesia is dynamic, and the potential collaboration between Ganjar Pranowo and Anies Baswedan adds a new dimension to the upcoming elections.

As the political landscape in Indonesia heats up in the prediction of the 2024 elections, political rivals Ganjar Pranowo and Anies Baswedan are reportedly exploring the possibility of allying to beat front-runner Prabowo Subianto. Observers believe that this potential collaboration between Pranowo and Baswedan could significantly reshape the electoral landscape.

Sources close to the political figures suggest that discussions between Pranowo, the current Governor of Central Java, and Baswedan, the Governor of Jakarta, have intensified in recent weeks. Both leaders are known for their progressive policies and grassroots appeal. The possible alignment can include increasing campaigns in the areas that are dominated by Prabowo, in an attempt to weaken his votes and force a run-off election.

With Ganjar and Baswedan trailing behind, the defence minister is currently leading the opinion polls by a broad margin in his third presidency bid. The political landscape in Indonesia is dynamic, and the potential collaboration between Ganjar Pranowo and Anies Baswedan adds a new dimension to the upcoming elections. The recent talks even point out to both parties discussing how to divide the seats of the cabinet should either one become the next president. Anies Baswedan, on Tuesday, declined to speak on the alliance in detail but he also did not reject the possibility. Ahead of a campaign event on the eastern island of Sulawesi, he asserted, “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves – we don’t know the result yet.” He also added by saying, “We are focusing on February 14. We want to get as much support as possible.”

When questioned about the rumours of the talks of alignment in the local media, Ganjar on January 9 told the reporters that everything was possible. The people said that the pact is more of an attempt to prevent Joko Widodo, the President from enlarging his policymaking influence through his eldest son. The president’s eldest son is the running mate of Prabowo.