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Jakarta Governor Joins Indonesia Presidential Race Ahead of 2024

  • Academic-turned-politician is the second to join the contest
  • Baswedan the third most popular choice, opinion poll shows
Anies Baswedan

Anies Baswedan

Photographer: Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan plans to run for Indonesia’s presidency in less than two years, making him the second politician to join the race to succeed President Joko Widodo who is serving his final term. 

Baswedan, whose term as governor ends this month and doesn’t belong to any political group, will be backed by a small party called NasDem. Baswedan accepted NasDem’s nomination on Monday though he will need the backing of more parties to be considered a strong contender.