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Sutiyoso determined for
a 2014 presidential bid

DENPASAR: Chairman of the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI), Sutiyoso, says he will run for the presidency in the 2014 elections if his party is able to achieve the 2.5 percent parliamentary threshold.

"We have enough time to garner support to meet the parliamentary threshold," he said when meeting party members in Bali on Sunday.

Sutiyoso is a retired Army lieutenant general and a former governor of Jakarta.

Sutiyoso said he did not anticipate any problems in meeting the 2.5 percent threshold, but conceded it would be more difficult if a collaboration of major political parties managed to increase the threshold to 5 percent.

"If we fail to meet the threshold I would be too ashamed to run for president," he said as quoted by Antara. - JP

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