Sri Mulyani declines position on Jokowi's campaign team

Marguerite Afra Sapiie

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta

Jakarta, posted: Tue, August 21, 2018 | 02:25 pm

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati listens to questions from reporters following a meeting with the President. (JP/Anton Hermansyah)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's coalition has revealed the lineup of its campaign team for the 2019 election, which to date includes several high-ranking government officials, many of whom are on the steering committee and advisory board.

According to a document submitted by the coalition to the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Monday, one of the ministers listed as a steering committee member was Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.

On Tuesday, however, Sri Mulyani clarified that she would not be a part of the steering committee because the President preferred her to focus solely on her ministerial position for the sake of the economy.

"The current situation needs more attention [...] my focus is on managing the state budget in accordance with [the instruction of] the President," Sri Mulyani told reporters on Tuesday.

Sri Mulyani stopped short of saying whether the campaign team had consulted her before including her as a steering committee member.

Other ministers on the steering committee include Cabinet Minister Pramono Anung and Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani, both of whom are ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politicians.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has also been appointed as a member of the steering committee, while Industry Minister and Golkar Party chairman Airlangga Hartarto is named a member of the team's advisory board, the document reveals.

Presidential Chief of Staff Gen. (Ret.) Moeldoko is one of eight deputies of the national campaign team, the chairman of which has yet to be named as it depends on Jokowi, Pramono said on Monday.

When asked about the risks of the officials having their ministerial duties disrupted by their tasks as part of the campaign team, Pramono assured that it would not be an issue as the ministers' tasks mostly involved directing technical details.

The campaign period for 2019 legislative and presidential elections starts Sept. 23. However, Pramono said that Jokowi would continued to prioritize his presidential duties during the remaining year of his administration.

The team's advisory board comprises nine political party leaders in the coalition backing Jokowi's reelection.

PDI-P secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto, who was also the national campaign team's secretary, has said the list could be revised before Sept. 21. (ahw)

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