The chairman of the DPP of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Puan Maharani, is scheduled to meet the General Chair of the DPP of the Golkar Party, Airlangga Hartarto, this weekend. This meeting is part of the PDIP’s political safari to the party elite.
Deputy Chairperson of the Golkar Party, Ahmad Doli Kurnia Tandjung, admitted that the two figures were scheduled to meet on Saturday (3/9/2022). “That’s the plan (on September 3), if I’m not mistaken there will be a healthy walk or something,” said Doli at the Nusantara Building, Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Tuesday (30/8/2022).
Doli was reluctant to answer when asked whether the meeting was a follow-up to the results of the National Mandate Party (PAN) National Working Meeting (Rakernas) which proposed Puan’s name as one of the presidential candidates (bacapres). Doli emphasized that the meeting was part of the friendship between political parties.
“So the friendship with Mrs. Puan is okay, because the national friendship involves fellow political elites who definitely talk about various political and national issues,” said Doli.
PAN itself is part of the United Indonesia Coalition (KIB) which is a partner of the Golkar Party and the United Development Party (PPP). KIB is claimed to have not discussed the pairs of presidential candidates (candidates) and vice presidential candidates (cawapres) that will be carried.
“KIB has not yet discussed the presidential-vice presidential candidate pair, but it is still in the formulation of this vision and program. After this, build communication with the public to test the concept,” said the chairman of Commission II of the DPR.
Previously, the Chair of the PDIP Election Winning Body (Bappilu), Bambang Wuryanto, emphasized that the appointment of presidential candidates from his party was the authority of the PDIP General Chair Megawati Soekarnoputri. “If it is the inter-party cooperation that determines the General Chairwoman, it is already a congressional decision that has been strengthened in the National Working Meeting,” said Bambang.
Regarding the opportunity to form a coalition with PAN, Bambang also emphasized that Megawati has full authority. “The presidential candidates, the vice presidential candidates are determined by the General Chairwoman, this lady then cooperates with this party,” said Bambang.