The People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) has officially nominated
its chairman Gen. (ret) Wiranto and media tycoon Hary Tanoesoedibyo as
president and vice president candidates respectively for the upcoming
a good combination and will help each other as leaders,” Wiranto said
during the declaration ceremony in Jakarta
as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.
said his candidacy with Hary best represented pluralism, since he was Muslim
and Javanese while Hary was ethnic Chinese and Christian.
is the first political party to confidently declare its ticket for the
Sinulingga, the vice chairman of Hanura’s election campaign team
(Bapilu), said the decision of the party to announce its presidential
and vice presidential candidates a year earlier was to give Indonesians time
to familiarize themselves with the candidates.
takes time for people to fully understand presidential and vice presidential
candidates,” Arya told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
asked why the party was so confident to name its own candidates, Arya
said the party strongly believed it would reach its quota.
are confident we will make it into the big three,” he said, but refused to
2009 general elections, Hanura only acquired 3.8 percent of the vote, gaining
only 18 seats at the House of Representatives, while at the same time a
regulation required 20 percent of the vote for a party to be able to name
its own presidential candidate. (hrl/dic)