JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – President Joko Widodo claimed to have decided the name of a vice presidential candidate who will accompany him forward in the 2019 presidential election.
However, Jokowi has not been willing to announce the name to the public.
“(Cawapres) already exist, stay dikumumin,” said Jokowi told reporters in JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Saturday (7/7/2018).
Jokowi did not elaborate further on whether the vice presidential candidate he was referring to was one name or several names.
He asked journalists and the public to be patient. Therefore, the announcement of the name of vice president should be done at the right time.
“At the right time we will announce it.Wait, this is just waiting for how many days of baseball patient,” said Jokowi.
Meeting with Megawati
The day after making the statement, Jokowi met with PDI-P Chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri. The meeting took place at Istana Batu Tulis, Bogor, West Java, Sunday (7/8/2018).
PDI-P secretary general Hasto Kristiyanto admitted that the meeting also discussed vice president for Jokowi.
“With regard to who will be decided as vice president, the name is conical and has been pocketed Mr. Jokowi,” said Hasto.
Again, Hasto also did not specify whether vice president Jokowi had been conical to a name or still some names.
Meanwhile, Megawati in a press release Hasto states, vice president for Jokowi will be announced in the right momentum.
“The announcement is done at the right momentum, and in fine weather, as sunny as the sun rises from the east, so just wait and be patient,” Megawati said.
Reaction of coalition parties
The coalition parties other than PDI-P do not know if vice president Jokowi has been conical to one name.
Therefore, the last talks conducted between Jokowi and coalition parties still lead to many names vice president.
Chairman of the Golkar Party Airlangga Hartarto, for example, claimed to have not been invited communication related to vice presidential candidate Jokowi companion in the 2019 presidential election.
“Not yet, not yet,” Airlangga said when met at the Presidential Palace Bogor, West Java, Monday (9/7/2018).
Airlangga is reluctant to question the figure of vice president for Jokowi. Golkar chose to wait for the communication room.
“No, we just wait,” Airlangga said.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Awakening Party Muhaimin Iskandar also claimed not to know the exact name of vice presidents who already exist in the pockets of Jokowi.
However, he is optimistic his name is chosen by Jokowi.
“It must be in the bag (Jokowi) but we do not know who we are, we must be optimistic,” said Muhaimin.
Politicians who are familiarly called Cak Imin re-emphasized that from the beginning PKB has proposed “Join”, Jokowi-Cak Imin for the 2019 Presidential Election.
According to him, the proposal is a representation of PKB attitudes. Cak Imin did not want to speculate what if Jokowi did not choose him as vice president. Chairman of the Party Nasdem Surya Paloh also revealed the same thing. He said the coalition party has not been informed of the name of the vice president in Jokowi’s pocket.
“In his pocket Mr. Jokowi, yes in his pocket Mr. Jokowi, I do not know (who),” he said. Paloh also said he has not received an invitation or invitation from Jokowi related to the delivery of the name Vice President.
Meanwhile, Chairman of PPP Romahurmuziy believes, vice president who is in the pockets of Jokowi still consists of many names, not just one name.
“There are 10 names,” Romahurmuziy said. According to the man who is familiarly called Romy, these names have been submitted to the chairman of the party supporters. Only, Romy reluctantly leaked 10 names of Jokowi’s companion candidates to the public.
“I can only say that 10 names come from various backgrounds, there are figures of politicians, intellectuals, retired army-police and technocrats and professionals,” said Romy. According to him, later chairman of the political parties and President Jokowi will meet again to pursed 10 names that already exist.
Not communicated yet
PDI-P politician Puan Maharani admitted that vice-presidential candidate for Joko Widodo has not been communicated to other coalition political parties.
According to Puan, the vice president Jokowi’s name was produced through Jokowi’s meeting with Megawati. “Kan his name met together, yes it’s a matter of both (Jokowi and Megawati),” Puan said when met at the Presidential Palace of Bogor, Monday (9/7/2018). “It (the name of vice president) a discussion between the presidential candidate with one of the general chairman, yes.
So, it could be his name from him, or how, I do not know, “he continued.” When asked whether the name of vice president will be communicated with other coalition political parties, Puan, who still serves as Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, replied, might be, might be.”