JAKARTA, NNC – Politician from Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Maruarar Sirait says if Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto decide to join the 2019 Presidential Election, then their electability will be unmatched.
“If Jokowi is paired with Prabowo, his vote will be very high. The pair will surely [win] because of their tremendous strength,” said Maruarar at Universitas Indonesia Building, Jakarta, Friday (4/21/2018).
He believes the electability of the two figures, which are touted by a number of parties to be presidential candidates in 2019 will rise if they join, because each of them is supported by a powerful “political machine”.
In addition, outside the party, Jokowi and Prabowo both have extensive networks, including religious leaders, youth and national figures, so their support is ensured high.
“And relationship of Ms. Megawati [PDIP Chairman] and Mr. Prabowo is also very good,” he said.
Maruarar added that the current political realities also show that there are two big names that the people want to lead Indonesia, that is, Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.
“It’s a fact, the various data and surveys show it. There is no other name outside of them,” he said.
However, Maruarar admitted that the duet of Joko Widodo and Prabowo could be hampered by the wishes of the party members.
Nevertheless, there remains possibility if later on the two figures have the intention to work together.
“Politics is very dynamic, it could be yes it could be not. But what I want to say that if that [joining] happens, then that [high electability] will happen,” said Maruarar.