JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Monday was a busy day for the Demokrat Party. The chief patron Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) met top leaders from the opposition coalition to propose negotiations as the Aug. 10 deadline for president and vice president candidates’ registration approaching.
SBY kicked off the day with a closed-door meeting with Prabowo Subianto, chairman of the opposition leader Gerindra Party, at the latter’s residence in Kertanegara, South Jakarta. The hours-long negotiation resulted in Yudhoyono emphasizing on his party’s possible support for Subianto’s presidential bid although he did not make any firm official declarations.
“We come here with an understanding that Pak Prabowo is a presidential candidate,” Yudhoyono told the press on Monday (30/07).
The Monday meeting was the second time for both party leaders to sit together and discuss on the future of collaboration of the two parties. Last week marked the first formal negotiation between them when Subianto came to Yudhoyono’s residence.
SBY, a former president who ruled from 2004 to 2014, elaborated that “the door for Gerindra and Demokrat to form set a coalition has opened wider” after meeting Subianto for the second time.
Meanwhile, Subianto reiterated that his presidential bid was final, assuring that further talks would focus on selecting a running mate as well as discussing on formulating a vision and mission of the coalition.
Later in the evening, Yudhoyono met chief patron of Gerindra’s loyal coalition partner, Keadilan Sejahtera Party, Salim Segaf al-Jufri at a hotel in South Jakarta.
“Insya Allah [God willing], we have agreed on a presidential candidate, Pak Prabowo,” Salim said. He said further that all members of the coalition-to-be would need to arrange more meetings to settle down differences in regard with a vice presidential candidate.
The battle for 2019’s presidential election heats up ahead the registration to General Election Commissions. Joko Widodo and his coalition party has met and to announce the vice president candidate next week.
Ahead of the registration of presidential and vice presidential candidates on August 4-10, the name continues to emerge and more difficult to predict. Political movements that may be noticed is related to the steps of the government’s opposition party that is still looking for the ideal form.
The Demokrat Party has three options to offer to other parties like joining the coalition of Widodo, carrying the Subianto’s party, or carrying a candidate pair in addition to both.
With the joining of Kebangkitan Bangsa party to Widodo’s coalition, practically the option of carrying candidate pair outside of him and Subianto will be difficult. Unless, there is one party that has joined the coalition of Widodo out and deigns a coalition with the Democrats.
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