Anies Baswedan, a presidential candidate from the Nasdem Party, is using the name of PDIP politician Joko Widodo or Jokowi when talking about democracy in Indonesia. Anies said that Jokowi's presidency has proven that democracy in the country can give opportunities to anyone.
This was stated by Anies in the Merry Riana Youtube channel titled "PERDANA!! ANIES BASWEDAN BLAK-BLAKAN TENTANG PERJANJIAN POLITIK PRABOWO-ANIES-SANDI" that has been permitted to be quoted, on Saturday (11/2/2023).
"How a child from a simple family has the opportunity to lead a city, the opportunity to lead a province, and the opportunity to lead a country," said Anies.
Anies assured that if Indonesia does not implement a democratic system, the head of the region and the head of the country will only be filled by a handful of party elites.
"If we do not adopt democratic principles but maintain aristocracy, then ordinary people cannot," said Anies.
Furthermore, Anies cited some incidents in neighboring countries where one can become a leader if they have an elite lineage.
"And many of our neighboring countries have to be someone's child to be in that position. Mr. Jokowi is an inspiration," he said.
In addition, Anies considers Jokowi to be very inspirational. According to Anies, the former Solo mayor and Jakarta Governor has a high dedication to work.
"(Jokowi) is someone who can be an inspiration for dedication in work, with an extraordinary commitment to delivering what is being done and also an inspiration," said Anies.