The Jakarta Post
The chairman of the Hanura Party, Wiranto, has confirmed that Hary Tanoesoedibjo, the president and CEO of Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) Group, will resign from the party.
The former Indonesian Military commander admitted Hary's resignation was related to the latter's support for the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa candidate pair in the upcoming presidential election.
'HT [Hary Tanoe] is not only a Hanura Party official. He is also an entrepreneur, so he has a lot of friends. Coincidentally, he was approached by Pak Jokowi [Joko Widodo] and Pak Prabowo,' Wiranto said on the sidelines of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) national leaders' meeting on Tuesday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.
Hanura has given its support to the presidential bid of Jokowi and his running mate, Jusuf Kalla, who are nominated by a coalition led by the PDI-P.
Wiranto said he could understand Hary's position as a media entrepreneur who made friends with many political figures. However, as a Hanura senior party member, Hary should have respected the party's policy to back Jokowi-Kalla, Wiranto added.
'We, as a party, must be consistent. If we have declared our support for one party, we are not allowed to give any political support to other parties. So, it has been decided that Pak HT will resign,' said Wiranto. He refused to provide details on when Hary would submit his resignation. (dhi/ebf)