Constitutional Court chief Mahfud MD acknowledged he was often confused when asked whether or not he would run for president in the 2014 elections.
“If I say I won’t [run], people will say I am arrogant but if I say I will, others will say I can’t measure myself,” Mahfud said Saturday while delivering public lecture at the Bandung Institute of Technology.
He said many people had encouraged him to run in the presidential campaign but he had refused because he did not have the financial capital and was not a member of a political party.
Mahfud emphasized that he would not join a political party; however, “if [a political party] endorsed me to run for president, we would have to see,”
He added that he would approve an endorsement on one condition: that he would not be held hostage to the party’s political interests.
“Indonesia has many good leaders but who lack the opportunity for acknowledgement,” he added, as reported by tempo.co.