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Jokowi ready to run for president

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Jakarta   /   Fri, March 14, 2014   /  03:31 pm
Jokowi ready to run for president Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo: (JP/P.J. Leo) (JP/P.J. Leo)

Joko '€˜Jokowi'€™ Widodo: (JP/P.J. Leo)

Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Friday that he was ready to run for president on the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ticket.

Jokowi said he had been given the mandate by PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri.

"I've been given the mandate by PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri to become the presidential candidate representing the PDI-P," Jokowi said during a blusukan (impromptu visit) to Rumah Pitung in Marunda, North Jakarta, on Friday.

"By saying Bismillah [in the name of God], I'm ready to carry out the instruction," Jokowi said at 2:49 p.m. as quoted by kompas.com.

Then Jokowi kissed the national flag behind him.

Reporters and local residents around him applauded in response.

"Alhamdulilah [thank God]," they said in unison. (***)

 

 

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