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Indonesia's Jokowi boosts chances in July presidential race

Indonesia's presidential frontrunner Joko Widodo, better known as "Jokowi", has secured the backing of the country's second-biggest party Golkar.

JAKARTA: Indonesia's presidential frontrunner Joko Widodo, better known as "Jokowi", has secured the backing of the country's second-biggest party Golkar.

The latest development is expected to boost Jokowi's standing in the July 9 presidential elections.

Golkar is the third party to join Jokowi's coalition.

Over the weekend, the National Democrat (NasDem) party had also thrown its support behind the Jakarta governor.

Jokowi's Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) managed to capture about 19 per cent of the vote, following April's parliamentary polls.

This is well below the 25 per cent threshold needed to field an independent candidate.

Jokowi told reporters the agreement with Golkar did not mean any deal had been reached on his running mate.

Media reports has tipped former vice-president Jusuf Kalla, a Golkar member who remains a popular figure and currently heads the Indonesian Red Cross.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's coordinating minister for the economy is resigning from his post.

Hatta Rajasa said he wanted to focus on his political career.

He will take the post of running mate to Gerindra's presidential contender Prabowo Subianto.

Opinion polls show Prabowo trailing behind Jokowi in popularity.  

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