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Jokowi to decide on running mate

  • Sita W. Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 9, 2014   /  07:47 pm

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) presidential candidate Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo has said that the final decision on his running mate would be his.

'€œWe have a team that will determine the vice presidential candidate criteria. They will come up with several names and whittle them down to three. I will then make the final decision,'€ he told reporters at the JKW4P media center in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday.

When asked about who would be his personal preference, Jokowi declined to answer.

'€œAge or non military background doesn'€™t matter. It can be anyone: Economist, politician, businessman, military man or even journalist,'€ he said.

Jokowi previously said that the PDI-P was open to a coalition.

'€œTalks [with other parties] usually start at midnight,'€ Jokowi said Wednesday evening.

He also explained that the party would utilize a different strategy for the presidential election.

'€œJust now our first meeting discussed the planning and organization management,'€ he said after a meeting involving a number of party associates, including Prananda Prabowo, the son of PDI-P'€™s chief patron Megawati Soekarnoputri; graft activist Teten Masduki; and international law expert Andi Widjajanto. (nvn)

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