Mega had promoted Jokowi for the post of mayor of his city and got PDI-P
to put its weight behind his election there.
Consequently smaller parties such as the PKS and PPP would have access to relatively less funding than their larger counterparts such as PDI-P
emerged on top with a weaker-than-expected 19 percent of the national vote, below the 25 percent threshold needed to put forward its presidential candidate.
But very early quick counts suggested that PDI-P
, while in front, did not yet have the necessary number of votes that would allow it to nominate Jokowi in July's presidential election without forming a coalition with one or more or the 11 other parties contesting Wednesday's vote.
has not joined Yudhoyono's Cabinet and is in the opposition in parliament.
Now Mega is the leading figure in a rapidly widening anti-Wahid alliance between PDI-P
, which controls almost the third of the 500-seat parliament, and Golkar which is the second biggest party in the lower house, as well as with key power broker Amien Rais who is speaker of the 700-seat People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), and other parties.
The Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle, or PDI-P
, is headed by Yudhoyono's predecessor Megawati Sukarnoputri.
placed second, but the depth of the party's drop in support from 1999 is glaring: from 33.7 per cent of the vote, it fell to just 18.5 per cent in 2004.
According to some groups, the complex and complicated nature of Indonesia's politics will only truly come to the surface after the election because PDI-P
, even though winning the most votes, has not won sufficient votes to become a single majority.
For example, the FPDI-P nominated Endang Dharmawan (PDI-P
) and Haryo Sasongko (Golkar) for the mayoral position and M.
's support is declining,'' Winters said.
The result of the vote, condemned by hundreds of pro-reform student protesters, was made possible by the strong support of the country's largest party, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P
), led by President Megawati Sukarnoputri.