The former Indonesian Vice-President made the remark about the leader of the Islamic Defenders Front during an interview posted on Berita Satu’s YouTube channel.
“I believe that out of 270 million people, only 190 million of them go out and vote. How many of them can we say is influenced by Rizieq Shihab? Not many.”
“He is militant, but there is a silent majority. There are more people as the silent majority who will decide the outcome, not the loud crowds who take to the streets.”
Jusuf Kalla added that the current support behind the controversial Islamic cleric is only temporary as it is uncertain that Rizieq Shihab is able to maintain his charisma until the Indonesian Presidential Election in 2024.
As a former Indonesian Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla outlined how a number of factors influence the country’s political sphere in the lead-up to 2024.
He said that there can also be many events that may happen in the next four years which can ultimately change the configuration of Indonesian politics.
Furthermore, there any many aspects that determine whether an individual will succeed in a presidential election including the political party that endorses the candidate, Jusuf said.