JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The opposition had officially nominated Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno as their candidates in the election, which may cost them the support from the recently-joined Demokrat Party.
The opposition’s uphill battle to face Joko Widodo’s popularity is set to become more difficult if the Demokrat actually breaks ranks. The Demokrat wanted his cadre Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the son of party founder former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to run as Subianto’s running-mate in 2019.
Instead, Subianto has picked billionaire Uno, a cadre from his own Gerindra, as his running mate, with allegation that some hush-hush money was involved.
Breaking away from the opposition, however, will put the democratic party in a difficult position as the law forbids staying neutral in the election. As all parties had declared their allegiances in the election, thus little chance to form a third alliance, then the Demokrat has no option but to join the ruling coalition if it breaks ranks from the opposition.
Today, Widodo-Amin and Subianto-Uno will enroll their candidacy to General Election Commission today. Widodo and Amin will register first this morning followed by Subianto and Uno at noon.
Meanwhile, according to Secretary General of Demokrat Hinca Panjaitan, Yudhoyono will announce their position this morning. Demokrat must pick one candidate if not will get penalty from General Election Commission.