The Jakarta Post
Gerindra Party chairman Suhardi said his party still believed in its presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto despite the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) decision to name popular Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as its candidate.
'The Jokowi candidacy doesn't bother us as we still have confidence in our own candidate. We believe that Prabowo has won the people's heart,' Suhardi said as quoted by tempo.co on Saturday.
He said potential voters were looking for a candidate with the capability to tackle the country's problems and they had seen it in Prabowo.
He added unlike those surveys favoring Jokowi, the party had conducted a series of internal surveys that put Prabowo ranked first.
PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri named Jokowi as the party's presidential candidate on Friday. According to many political surveys, if Jokowi were not in the race, Prabowo would win the presidency.(idb/dic)
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