President Joko Widodo (L), VP Jusuf Kalla (M) and former Golkar Party Chairman Abu Rizal Bakrie met in one meeting - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Two key figures who went missing for a while started to make public appearances. First is tycoon Aburizal Bakrie, a former chairman of the Golkar Party and a running mate of the opposition’s presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in the 2014’s presidential election.

Another is the former commander of the armed forces Gatot Nurmantyo, who seemed to harbor political ambitions but failed to secure any substantial support for the 2019 presidential election. So far, he had not made any of his views public with regards of the next year’s political contest, thought it is highly unlikely that the four-starred general will carry a significant influence.

The Chairperson of the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin National Campaign Team, Erick Thohir, said that there was no need to question the position Bakrie or Ical, at the campaign team. According to him, the meeting was very clear.

“I think it has entered itself,” he said in Jakarta on Monday night (08/10) by adding, Ical will later have his own duties at the national campaign team. And the meeting that was held with the campaign team already illustrated his concern.

In addition, he  said, with the meeting between the campaigh team and Ical, it clearly illustrates the solidity of the coalition parties, especially Golkar to stay together with Widodo-Amin. Previousl, several young Golkar’s cadre shouted to support Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno in 2019 Presidential Election.

Former National Army Chief Gatot Nurmantyo and VP Candidate Sandiaga Uno – Photo: Special

Nurmantyo asserted that he had not yet decided on support for the 2019 Presidential Election after showed together with Uno in one event in Jakarta, last night. He said that his presence in the event did not mean that he had dropped support Subianto-Uno. “I’m not going anywhere. I have not yet decided,” he told reporter on Tuesday (09/10) early morning.

Nurmantyo said, both presidential and vice-presidential couples were good people. Who will be chosen later will be determined during the voting day. “I choose anyone later in my room. In the meantime I have not (made a choice). Both are good,” he explained.

He also claimed not to be included in any successful team. He refused to comment on whether there was an offer as a success team from both sides. However, he said will continued to establish communication with both the Widodo-Amin and Subianto-Uno camps.

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