Why Sontoloyo Turned Viral
Joko Widodo’s ‘land’—or field—supporters are approaching Islamic boarding schools and minority groups.
IN mid-2017, Gurmani Arfan received an invitation to support Jokowi in the upcoming presidential election. The request came from former secretary of the coordinating ministry for political, legal, and security affairs, Lt. Gen. Eko Wiratmoko, who invited the former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) combatant to meet at a hotel in Jakarta.
According to Gurmani, he did not immediately say yes to the recently retired army officer. Gurmani, former trusted ma...