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Jakarta Post

Akbar sets six-month deadline for Aburizal

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 17 2012   /  10:31 am

Another stumbling block has been put in the way of Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie’s bid for the presidency with the party’s board of advisors issuing a six-month deadline for him to boost his electability.

Apparently not convinced by Aburizal’s efforts to gain the public’s trust, the board’s chairman, Akbar Tandjung, has threatened to annul Aburizal’s nomination in July 2013.

“I think Aburizal must not be over confident and ignore the fact that the results from opinion polls and surveys have not indicated a rise in his popularity. The party should immediately mull other options although I cannot tell you what those options might be,” said Akbar, a veteran politician who also served as party chairman until 2004.

Akbar said that July next year was the perfect time to run an evaluation of Aburizal’s nomination “because it will be exactly one y...