Gerindra Party deputy secretary-general Aryo Djojohadikusumo says the coalition of parties supporting candidate pair Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa has established Gerakan Muda Indonesia (Indonesia Youth Movement), or Gema Indonesia, which seeks to woe young people as potential voters in the upcoming presidential election.
The Partnership for Governance Reform (Kemitraan) is working together with the Caucus of Female Parliamentary Members in Indonesia (KPP RI) to present the second "Women’s Leadership Forum for Women Parliamentarians in Promoting Women's Representation in Southeast Asia" event in Denpasar, Bali, from May 23 to May 24, 2014.
Women lawmakers from across the Southeast Asian region will attend the forum to discuss strategies for winning elections and also methods of voicing support for policies that uphold women's rights.
Dangdut artist Rhoma Irama has officially declared his support for Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa, who are backed by the Gerindra Party’s coalition, following his decision to leave the National Awakening Party (PKB) due to personal dissatisfaction.
“I support Prabowo because Indonesia needs a firm leader. Moreover, Indonesia is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), so it needs someone who understands the economy. Hatta is someone who is suitable for that,” Rhoma said during a visit by Prabowo to his residence on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.
The emergence of Prabowo Subianto as a serious contender in Indonesia’s election this week means the United States faces the awkward possibility of having to welcome another Asian leader it had denied entry to because of alleged links to mass killings.
The situation has arisen days after Washington found itself having to change course and promise a visa to Indian Prime Minister-Elect Narendra Modi after his landslide election win. Modi was barred from the United States in 2005.
People’s Synergy for Democracy in Indonesia (Sigma) director Said Salahudin says the absence of the Democratic Party from the presidential race does not mean that it will automatically take a place among the opposition.
“It is still possible that the winning presidential ticket will invite the Democratic Party to join the new government because it has 61 seats in the House of Representatives,” said Said in Jakarta on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.
A Golkar Party official said the party intended to discipline members who broke ranks to support the Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Jusuf Kalla ticket as Golkar had formally announced its support for Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa.
At the last minute, Golkar joined a coalition with the Gerindra Party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), United Development Party (PPP) and National Mandate Party (PAN). The coalition accounts for 45.3 percent of seats in the next House of Representatives and 47.54 percent of votes cast in the legislative election.
Jakarta. Monday’s declaration of two tickets running in July’s presidential election evokes at least two questions: Do hopefuls Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto have anything different to offer the Indonesian voters? Secondly, will their respective running mates boost their chances of clinching the country’s top position, or will they be the cause of the candidates’ downfall?
Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie is reported to have signed an agreement with Gerindra Party chief patron and presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto, on the formation of a coalition between the two parties.
Tribunnews.com reported that the signing of the agreement, taking place shortly after the declaration of Prabowo and his running mate, Hatta Rajasa, as the coalition’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates today, was held at Aburizal’s residence in Menteng, Central Jakarta.
Former vice president Jusuf Kalla still holds Golkar Party membership. He is also a former chairman of the party. However, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has its own way of viewing Kalla's political status.
"Many have asked me, what is Pak Kalla's political party really?" PDI-P secretary-general Tjahjo Kumolo said during a luncheon at the residence of the party's chairwoman, Megawati Sukarnoputri, in Jakarta on Monday.
Jakarta. It was the worst-kept secret in contemporary Indonesian politics, and on Monday it was made official: presidential front-runner Joko Widodo has picked Jusuf Kalla, the former vice president, to be his running mate for the July 9 election.
“After some thinking and consultation with coalition party leaders, we have decided to choose Bapak Muhammad Jusuf Kalla to be my running mate,” Joko said in a brief declaration at the historical Gedung Juang building in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Monday morning, where he was flanked by Kalla.
Indonesia’s presidential race isn’t until July. But there’s already one winner.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has taken over as acting governor of Jakarta, the first ethnic Chinese to do so.
A Christian, Basuki succeeds Joko Widodo who has stepped aside to run for the presidential election on July 9, which opinion polls suggest he will win. Basuki will automatically take over to complete Joko’s five-year term if he does win.
Indonesia’s Chinese make up only about 2 percent of the 240 million population.
Golkar Party chairman and presidential hopeful Aburizal Bakrie says he is ready to drop his bid to become president and will aim for vice president to allow the party to join existing coalitions led by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party.
Speaking to journalists after a closed-door meeting on the sidelines of the party’s national leaders meeting (Rapimnas) on Sunday, Aburizal said it was agreed in the meeting for Golkar to annul the mandate taken in its 2012 leaders meeting to officially nominate him as the party’s presidential candidate.
Former vice president Jusuf Kalla will most likely be the running mate of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the presidential candidate nominated by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and its coalition partners, in the July 9 presidential election, a senior Golkar party official has predicted.
Golkar senior official Zainal Bintang said Kalla himself had directly told him that he had been appointed [by the PDI-P and its coalition partners] to be Jokowi’s vice presidential candidate.
The Democratic Party says it will propose Industry Minister MS Hidayat as its presidential candidate following a plan to forge a coalition with the Golkar Party.
“The Democratic Party’s plan to form a coalition with Golkar is not final, because we have yet to discuss options for presidential and vice presidential candidates,” Syarief Hasan, Democratic Party executive director said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.
The Democratic Party won 10.19 percent of the seats at the House of Representatives in the legislative election, less than the 14.75 percent gained by Golkar.
The Golkar Party said Friday it would likely join forces with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) as it had no history of being in opposition.
A Golkar senior member has confirmed that the party is only inches from forging an alliance with the election winner to endorse the candidacy of Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in the upcoming presidential election.
Jakarta. Former military head Wiranto’s People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) said it would back Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) candidate Joko Widodo in the July 9 presidential election, putting an end to rumors of a coalitionwith the Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said there was no doubt about the partnership between Gerindra Party presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa from the National Mandate Party (PAN).
"Prabowo firmly stated his commitment to seek the presidency with Hatta the other day," he said on Friday, as reported by tempo.co.
Yudhoyono said he learned of the partnership when Prabowo
The United Development Party (PPP) may take back its support of the Gerindra party if a Prabowo-Hatta ticket is announced without involving the PPP in the decision-making process.
PPP lawmaker Dimyati Natakusumah said the PPP had yet to be involved in talks about the potential vice president for Gerindra presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, as reported by kompas.com.
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Abraham Samad says the commission has given its blessing for him to become the running mate of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) presidential candidate, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
According to Abraham, there have been no objections from inside the commission if he is nominated as Jokowi’s running mate.
“Yes, it has been approved,” said Abraham in Jakarta on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.
He claimed that he had directly consulted other KPK leaders on his plan to run in the upcoming presidential election.