The Jakarta Post
Amid mounting pressure from campaign supporters to re-tie the knot with Gerindra Party's presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, Siti 'Titiek' Hediyati Hari finally spoke out on Sunday to give clarification on the matter.
According to Titiek, who is the fourth child of former president Soeharto, there was no need for reconciliation between her and Prabowo as their relationship had never been hostile.
'Why would we need to reconcile if we have never been enemies?' Titiek said after the Prabowo-Hatta Rajasa campaign rally at Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Sunday.
Titiek, who was present at the rally with Didit Hediprasetyo, her son from her marriage with Prabowo, only smiled when reporters continuously harangued her with questions, including one about her readiness to step up as first lady if Prabowo were to win the July 9 election.
Previously, Prabowo's brother, Hashim Djojohadikusomo, said he hoped the two could settle their differences and get back together, while Prabowo-Hatta campaign leader Mahfud MD was much more optimistic about the prospect.
Titiek previously indicated that the pair might reunite by showing up at the last presidential debate with Didit, who is a fashion designer based in Paris.
However, she has denied the possibility, saying that her relationship with Prabowo had always been amicable and that her support for his presidential bid should not be interpreted as a sign they were getting back together.
Titiek is currently an elected lawmaker representing the Golkar Party from an electoral district in Yogyakarta.
Golkar is the nation's second-largest party and supports Prabowo's presidential bid.
Back in May, the prospect of not having a first lady if Prabowo won the presidency prompted the women's wing of the National Mandate Party (PAN), also known as PUAN, to suggest that Prabowo reunite with Titiek.
The organization said it could help push for a reunion between the two.
PAN is chaired by Hatta, Prabowo's running mate in the presidential race. 'As a wing organization of PAN supporting the Prabowo-Hatta ticket, we're ready to reunite Pak Prabowo and Ibu Titiek. I think there's nothing wrong with that,' PUAN chairperson Erwina Yunarti said as quoted by Antara news agency.
On Sunday, supporters of Prabowo who turned up for his outdoor campaign at the Gelora Bung Karno sports stadium chanted: 'Reunite, reunite, reunite,' when Prabowo introduced Titiek, who made an appearance at the campaign event along with leaders of political parties in the coalition. (tjs)