With several weeks to go till the former Jakarta governor, 53, takes office as president, many questions about the composition of his cabinet and future ruling coalition remain unanswered.
For one, there's the question of whether two Islamic parties that sided with losing candidatePrabowo Subianto– the United Development Party (PPP) and National Mandate Party (PAN) – will quit the Red and White Coalition to join a new ruling bloc. Bringing PPP and PAN onto Jokowi's side would guarantee him a majority of seats in the House of Representatives ( DPR ).
"I can say there are equal numbers of those [party members] who want to stay with the Red and White Coalition and those who want to join Jokowi and Kalla," The Jakarta Post quoted PPP Secretary General M. Romahurmuziy saying Tuesday (September 2nd).
On Monday (September 1st), Jokowi met with Prabowo's running mate,Hatta Rajasa, a former economics minister who belongs to PAN, the Jakarta Globe reported.
"We are still committed to being part of the Red and While coalition", Hatta told Khabar Southeast Asia back on August 21st, when the Constitutional Court rejected Prabowo's motion to nullify the election results because of alleged voting irregularities.
For its part, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party indicated it would remain neutral, Antara News reported Tuesday.
"We are not part of the Jokowi-Kalla coalition. So we will continue to be independent," Syarief Hasan, party executive chairman, told Khabar. He added any party member wanting to join Jokowi's cabinet needs Yudhoyono's permission.
Jokowi's transition team, meanwhile, is tight-lipped about what's happening with prospective cabinet candidates. Late last month, Jokowi said such discussions would happen only after he took the presidential oath on October 20th.
Jokowi has a list of criteria such candidates must meet. These consist of: a record free of corruption or human rights abuses; integrity; loyalty; competence; managerial experience and the ability to be a team player.
Separately, on Thursday Kompas reported poll results fromJokowi's invitation to the public to nominate people for his cabinet are in, with as many as 162,788 people voting for 44 prospective appointments.
The top three vote getters were Anies Basweden for minister of education, Poltak Sitanggang for minister of energy and mineral resources, and Dahlan Iskan for minister of industry and trade.