Anies Baswedan and the 2024 Presidential Election: Preserving the Right, Capturing the Middle
29 November 2023
086 – 29 November 2023 The authors' views are their own and do not represent the official position of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies of the S. [...] On the other hand, the possibility of securing a larger Muslim vote share from the alliance of PKB and PKS remains to be seen. [...] Preserving the Right, Capturing the Middle Anies’s coalition seems to believe that for him to win enough votes to head to the runoff election, he needs to consolidate support not just from his Islamist base and voters who disapprove of Jokowi’s government (~20-25% of voters) but also from those who like his technocratic track record and progressive ideas. [...] However, Anies has established a reputation of being involved with the far right of the Islamic spectrum primarily during his campaign in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election. [...] His quest to gain the middle ground is reflected in the way he supported religious and ethnic minorities’ activities during his time as governor of Jakarta.