At the 2012 Jakarta gubernatorial election, PDI-P partnered with Gerindra and paired Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (PDI-P) with Basuki “Ahok” Purnama (who jumped ship from Golkar to Gerindra to participate in the race). Balance of power was not a consideration in the partnership. At the time, PDI-P had 11 seats (11.7 percent from the total 94 seats at the DPRD Jakarta) and Gerindra had 6 seats (6.4 percent). Both joined hands to pass the minimal requirement of 15 percent of DPRD seats to nominate their candidates.

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