PDI-P, Gerindra unlikely to collaborate in 2014
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is unlikely to collaborate with the Great Indonesian Movement Party (Gerindra) in the 2014 presidential election, even though their coalition has succeeded in the first round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election, PDI-P senior politician Taufik Kiemas says.
PDI-P and Gerindra have collaborated to nominate out-of towner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who will face incumbent Governor Fauzi Bowo from the Democratic Party in a runoff scheduled on Sept. 20.
"The successful collaboration in the gubernatorial election doesn't necessary mean that we will continue the ties for the upcoming presidential election, because it has failed previously," said Taufik, who also chairs the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) on Thursday.
In the 2009 presidential election, the PDI-P and Gerindra also collaborated to nominate the former's chief Megawati Sukarnoputri and the latter's chief patron Prabowo Subianto as president and vice president candidates, but they lost to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from the Democratic Party.(iwa)