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Golkar declares support for Jokowi

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 28 2016   /  09:35 am

The Golkar Party officially threw its support behind incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to run in the 2019 presidential election, a move — albeit premature — believed to be aimed at increasing its popularity.

That political stance will be declared Thursday before the closing of a two-day leadership meeting (Rapimnas) in Jakarta.

It is the first Rapimnas since the Bali convention in May, where the party reconciled its internal conflicts.

Setya Novanto, who was elected Golkar chairman in Bali, said the support thrown behind Jokowi was a strategic step to help the party reach its target in the upcoming election to win 120 seats in the House of Representatives.

“We think that Jokowi has been doing well and we believe he can win the next presidential election,” he said on the sidelines of the meeting.

The meeting also showcased a presentati...