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Jakarta Post

Jokowi'€™s running mate to be announced Friday

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 12, 2014   /  06:13 pm

Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) deputy secretary-general, Ahmad Basarah, said party presidential candidate Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo'€™s running mate would be announced Friday.

'€œIt will be announced on May 16. So, let'€™s just wait,'€ said Basarah in a discussion in Jakarta on Monday as quoted by He refused to give further details.

The PDI-P declared Jokowi'€™s presidential candidacy in an event held at Pitung'€™s House (a Betawi hero during the Dutch colonial era) on March 14. The same day, at the PDI-P headquarters on Jl. Lenteng Agung, South Jakarta, party chair Megawati Soekarnoputri announced her go-ahead for Jokowi as the party'€™s presidential candidate.

The registration period for presidential-vice presidential nominations is open from May 18 to May 20, according to the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Basarah said there would be a meeting between Megawati, Jokowi and leaders of two parties who had formed a coalition with the PDI-P, namely Surya Paloh of the NasDem Party and Muhaimin Iskandar of the National Awakening Party (PKB).

'€œWe will discuss the best vice presidential candidate for Jokowi. Everybody can offer suggestions but the decision will be in the hands of Bu Mega,'€ said Basarah. (dhi/ebf)


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