Indonesian Politics Update: PKB Approaches PDI-P to Form Coalition
After the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), winner of the 2014 legislative election of Indonesia, was reported to have formed an alliance with the NasDem party in order to nominate a presidential candidate for the presidential election that is scheduled for 9 July 2014, both the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the United Development Party (PPP) have also been approaching the PDI-P. Reportedly, the PKB has mentioned two candidates to the PDI-P to become Joko Widodo’s running mate in the election.
Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, the highly popular Governor of Jakarta, is the PDI-P's presidential candidate for the July presidential election. The position of vice-presidential candidate is still vacant however. During the election, the president and vice-president will run as a fixed, inseparable pair, which implies that the composition of this pair is of great political strategic importance. A political party needed to win at least 25 percent of the vote or 20 percent of seats in the 560-seat House of Representatives (DPR) in order to be able to nominate a presidential and vice-presidential candidate. As no party could meet this threshold, parties thus need to form coalitions now. The winner of the legislative election (PDI-P) could only secure about 19 percent of the popular vote.
The Central Executive Board Chairman of the PKB, Marwan Jafar, said that Muhaimin Iskandar and Mahfud M.D. are the potential contenders for the position of Jokowi's running mate. The PKB is closely related to Indonesia's largest Moslim organization, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU). Previously, officials of the Nasdem party suggested Jusuf Kalla as the most suitable running mate for Jokowi.
The possible coalition between the PDI-P and PKB is expected to be announced soon.
Meanwhile, Soeharso Monoarfa - Vice Chairman of the PPP - was reported to have had a meeting with PDI-P Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputr in order to discuss a possible cooperation between the PDI-P and PPP as the latter is also backs Jokowi as presidential candidate. However, former PPP Chairman Hamzah Haz said that these talks only aim at a cooperation, not at a coalition.
¹ based on quick counts, not the official result
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