Vice Chairman of Gerindra Party and Deputy Governor of Jakarta Sandiaga Uno - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories)–Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto’s Gerindra Party has prepared party cadre and Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno as an alternative vice presidential candidate amid unresolved negotiations.

Uno’s candidacy was recently proposed by an interest group outside of Gerindra as well as the opposition camp, the party’s executive member Fadli Zon says.

Zon, who is also a House of Representatives deputy speaker was reluctant to discuss the details, only confirming that “there has been a discussion [on Sandiaga’s potential candidacy]”.

“But we will prioritize the proposals of Keadilan Sejahtera, Amanat Nasional and Demokrat party,” he told the press on Tuesday (07/08), when asked about Uno’s chance of contesting the upcoming presidential race to replace Subianto’s position or become vice presidential candidate.

He, however assured that Uno’s nomination was possible as long as the proposal obtained agreement from other political parties that have expressed intention to join the opposition coalition.

Uno’s name as an alternative VP candidate has emerged amid unresolved negotiations among members of the opposition camp over the slot. Keadilan Sejahtera has insisted to endorse senior executive member Salim Segaf al-Jufri while Demokrat is eyeing the eldest son of party chief patron Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, as Subianto’s running mate.

Meanwhile, Amanat Nasional initially endorsed chairman Zulkifli Hasan as a vice presidential candidate but gradually reconsidered the proposal, and has proposed the names of former military commander Gatot Nurmantyo and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.

“We will endorse Gatot and Anies as a compromise,” Amanat Nasional executive member Yandri Susanto said.

When asked about Uno’s possible nomination, Yandri shortly said,” We have never discussed about it. It [Uno’s name] is not on our list”.

Uno, who’s born 28 June 1969, is an Indonesian businessman, investor and politician, and the deputy governor of Jakarta. He was elected with Anies Baswedan in 2017 after defeating incumbent pair Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and Djarot Saiful Hidayat.

A graduate of George Washington University worked for several companies and rose in rank before founding his own business, which led him to become one of the richest people in Indonesia. In 2015, however, he resigned from his companies to join Gerindra.

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