Jokowi is nominated, Indonesia responds

Posted on 15 March, 2014

Yesterday afternoon, PDI-P Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri finally put an end to months of speculation: Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo — better known as Jokowi — will be nominated as the party’s official candidate for President.

In this article, we’re collecting some of the more interesting tidbits from the last day’s reporting, tweets and trends. Seen something interesting? Let us know in the comments!

PDI-P announces the nomination

The official twitter account of Partai Demokrasi Indonesia-Perjuangan announces that its chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri has given Jokowi a mandate to stand as the party’s candidate for president:

Shortly afterwards, Megawati’s hand-written letter announcing her decision is released.

As Dave McRae notes, the party’s announcement on Twitter actually came before the party’s official announcement to the media.

Jokowi accepts the nomination

In a short but sweet declaration, Jokowi announces he is accepting the PDI-P’s nomination: “I have been given a mandate from Chairwoman Ms. Megawati Soekarnoputri to be the party’s candidate for President of the Republic of Indonesia. In the name of God, I am ready.” (h/t Liam Gammon) Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen caught up with Jokowi minutes before the announcement was made:

First reactions

Many observers were just as excited about the likely rise of Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta’s Deputy Governor to the Governor’s office.

Another suggested that with Jokowi as a candidate, this year’s presidential election result could be “one of the most decisive victories” in the reformasi era.

Not everyone was completely effusive: “Ideally Jokowi wouldn’t become President [right away]. His work is not yet done. But [if you] look at the other Presidential candidates – we are lucky to have him.”

But it wasn’t just Twitter where the new was positively received:

Data from Google Trends suggests that Joko Widodo has been a hot topic since his nomination — and subsequent election — as Governor of Jakarta in 2012:

The papers

Most news outlets led with the news of the nomination, with Kompas highlighting the boost to the economy and the Jakarta Post highlighting the search for a vice-presidential candidate.

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