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Jakarta Post

Sandiaga offered VP candidacy after I declined: Anies

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 9, 2018   /   04:24 pm
Sandiaga offered VP candidacy after I declined: Anies Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (right) and Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno pose for a photograph at the city council building in Central Jakarta. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan says Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno has been approached to run for vice president in the 2019 presidential election in a pairing with Gerindra Party leader Prabowo Subianto.

Anies said the slot had been offered to him first, but he had turned it down.

“After I said no, [the slot was offered] to Pak Sandiaga Uno,” Anies said on Thursday, as quoted by

Anies went on to say that Sandiaga had talked to him about his potential candidacy.

Should Sandiaga stand in the election, his position would be filled by a person proposed by the political parties that backed Anies and Sandiaga in the Jakarta gubernatorial election. The pair was backed by the Gerindra Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in the election last year. 

The name of Jakarta Council deputy speaker M. Taufik from Gerindra has emerged as Sandiaga’s potential successor.

Taufik said on Thursday he had yet to be informed about a replacement for Sandiaga.

“I still don’t know about it, because the political parties have yet to propose names. Just pray for it,” Taufik said.

Earlier this month, the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) issued a letter to the Gerindra Party’s Jakarta executive board asking it to replace councilor Taufik on its list of legislative candidates running in the 2019 election because of Taufik’s background as a former corruption convict. (cal)