The Jakarta Post
The collaboration between the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and two other opposition parties -- the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Gerindra Party – for next year’s regional elections is likely to continue until the 2019 presidential and legislative elections, the former’s president, Sohibul Iman, said.
“It is probable the partnership will continue until 2019. It depends on the political constellation,” he said as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Monday.
Sohibul said the three parties had agreed to build a coalition in next year’s gubernatorial elections in five provinces, namely Central Java, East Kalimantan, North Maluku, North Sumatra and West Java.
He asserted the 2018 regional elections were a stepping stone toward the 2019 elections. “We hope it [the coalition between the three parties] can be maintained until 2019.”
The coalition reportedly will soon announce the names of their gubernatorial candidates in the five provinces after each party makes a decision on its gubernatorial candidacy in its internal deliberations.
Sohibul said it was understood that the three political parties would not be able to cooperate in all elections, at provincial, regency or municipal levels, in 2018.
As reported earlier, the Democratic Party’s West Java central executive board was optimistic that the PKS and PAN would nominate Deddy Mizwar and Ahmad Syaikhu as governor and deputy governor candidates for the 2018 West Java gubernatorial election.
The PKS’ West Java central executive board chairman, Irfan Suryanagara, said on Monday that his side would uphold a decision made by the Dems, PKS and PAN branches to nominate Deddy-Ahmad for the 2018 West Java election. (afr/ebf)