The Ma’ruf Factor
It is fair to say that Ma’ruf Amin was chosen as vice-presidential candidate with a very short notice.
At the time, incumbent President Joko Widodo desperately needs the Nahdlatul Ulama supreme leader to ward off primordial attacks of the type he experienced in the lead up to the 2014 presidential election. However, if the pairing is able to defeat Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno on April 17, 2019, the ulema (cleric) politician could become nothing more than a spare tire for Jokowi for the five years of his administration.
Jokowi has continuous...