The Jakarta Post
The United Development Party (PPP) will form a coalition with the Gerindra Party to nominate the latter's chief patron Prabowo Subianto as its presidential candidate, a decision reached in the party's second national leaders meeting (Rapimnas) that ended on Monday.
'Finally, at 2 a.m. on May 12, the second Rapimnas PPP agreed to support Prabowo Subianto as its presidential candidate,' said PPP chairman Suryadharma Ali after the meeting's closing ceremony in Jakarta early on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
Three options had emerged in the second Rapimnas. The first saw the PPP supporting Prabowo, the second saw some party members supporting Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) presidential candidate Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, and the third saw the PPP look to form a coalition with the Golkar Party, with Golkar chairman Aburizal Bakrie as its presidential candidate and PPP deputy chairman Lukman Hakim Saefuddin as his running mate.
The Rapimnas, which was held to decide a coalition between the PPP and other political parties, began on Saturday afternoon but was halted early on Sunday due to unresolved views among party leaders. It was later decided to continue the meeting on Sunday evening.
The PPP has been rocked by infighting following Suryadharma's presence at a Gerindra campaign rally and his support for Prabowo's presidential bid. Most PPP officials rejected this show of support, considering it not in line with the party's vision.
The conflict subsided after PPP officials agreed to reconcile via a national meeting (Mukernas) in Bogor, West Java. In the meeting, they agreed to use the Rapimnas as a forum to make a decision on which party the PPP would attempt to ally with. (ebf)
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