Gerindra Party Chairman Prabowo, left, with Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno at a press conference claiming victory in the Jakarta gubernatorial election on April 19. (Antara Photo/M. Agung Rajasa)

After Big Win in Jakarta, Gerindra Targets 2019 Presidential Election

APRIL 23, 2017

Jakarta. The Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra, the main backer of Anies Baswedan's run for governorship in Jakarta, is optimistic about its chances of winning the 2019 presidential election after quick count results pointed to a comprehensive win for Anies and running mate Sandiaga Uno.

"Anies's win in Jakarta increases Gerindra's chance to win the next presidential election as well," Gerindra West Java Deputy Chairman Anggawira said on Sunday (23/04), as quoted by Beritasatu.

According to a survey on approval ratings for political parties released on Friday by pollster PolMark Indonesia, Gerindra came second in political electability with 16.1 percent of the respondents saying they would vote for a Gerindra candidate in the 2019 presidential election.

The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) was slightly ahead in the poll with a rating of 16.9 percent.

Gerindra currently holds 73 out of 560 seats in the House of Representatives (DPR). Anggawira said the PolMark survey shows Gerindra has earned the trust of the public which the party will translate into real political support.

Anggawira is confident Gerindra can double the number of its DPR seats after the 2019 general election.

"The public has seen Gerindra’s commitment to clean politics. There isn’t even one member of parliament from Gerindra who is involved in a corruption case," Anggawira said.

Despite Anggawira's claim, records shows that Gerindra's Jakarta city councilor M. Sanusi was arrested by KPK, Indonesia's antigraft agency, after reportedly receiving a kickback from a property company in the controversial North Jakarta reclamation project.