Anies Baswedan among Nasdem’s potential candidates for President

jakarta Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is one of the few names the National Democratic Party, or Nasdem, is considering nominating for the 2024 presidential election, a party executive said Thursday.

The party is scheduled to hold an internal party convention next month where leader Surya Paloh will select one of three candidates proposed by Nasdem’s regional chapters.

“As far as I’m concerned, the name widely cited as the preferred candidate within Nasdem is Anies Baswedan,” Teuku Taufiqulhadi, chairman of the Aceh chapter, told reporters in Jakarta.

Anies received support from at least four regional associations including Aceh, Jakarta, Banten and West Java, he added.

“There will be one candidate from the proposed three names, but it’s also possible that we’ll pick two names for the presidential candidate and one running mate,” Teuku said.

But Nasdem alone cannot nominate a candidate due to the existing presidential threshold. A party or coalition of parties must have at least 20 percent of the seats in the 575-seat House of Representatives.

Nasdem currently has 10.26 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives, which means it needs to form a coalition with one or two other parties and find common ground between its candidates.

The ruling Indonesian Struggle Democratic Party (PDIP) is the only party capable of nominating a candidate without the need for a coalition.

Recent polls by various research agencies show Anies lagging behind two front-runner candidates: Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who is also leader of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).

Unlike both men, Anies has no direct connection to any political party.

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