Incumbent Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party (Partai Demokrat, abbreviated PD) announced that it will support the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa pair in the upcoming presidential election on 9 July 2014. Previously, the party had declared neutrality. On Monday (30/06), PD Executive Chairman Syarief Hasan stated that the party’s leadership advises all its members and supporters to back Prabowo Subianto in his quest to become the next Indonesian president.
Senior party officials Jero Wacik, E.E. Mangindaan, Amir Syamsuddin, Roy Suryo and Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono were also present at the announcement.
With the additional support of the Democratic Party, Prabowo Subianto can now rely on the support of the following political parties: Golkar, Gerindra, Democratic Party (PD), National Mandate Party (PAN), Justice Development Party (PPP) and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). Combined, these parties received 57.66 percent of the vote in the April 2014 legislative election.
This decision of the Democratic Party is another blow for the other presidential candidate, Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, who has seen his lead in the popularity polls declining in recent weeks.
Indonesian Legislative Election 2014: