Airlangga Hartarto Denies Split in Golkar`s Support for Jokowi

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  • Chief of Golkar Party, Airlangga Hartarto, shows number 4 when Political Party Number for 2019 Election in Election General Commission, Jakarta, Feb, 18. 2018. Tempo/Fakhri Hermansyah

    Chief of Golkar Party, Airlangga Hartarto, shows number 4 when Political Party Number for 2019 Election in Election General Commission, Jakarta, Feb, 18. 2018. Tempo/Fakhri Hermansyah

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Golkar Party Chairman Airlangga Hartarto denied that the support for Joko Widodo or Jokowi in the 2019 presidential election had split in Golkar's internal.

    The indication emerged after Jokowi chose Ma’ruf Amin as his vice presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election.

    “I have said, the Golkar Central Board (DPP) is all solid to support Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin and it is ready to work,” Airlangga Hartarto said at the Golkar DPP office, Jakarta, Monday, August 27.

    Airlangga responded to the statement of Golkar Party politician Fadel Muhammad who said that the internal Golkar party had split because Jokowi chose Ma'ruf Amin instead of Golkar politician.

    Fadel also said that the split would make some Golkar cadres would support Prabowo Subianto - Sandiaga Uno.

    Airlangga confirmed that Fadel was no longer worthy of representing the Golkar party as a whole. Because Fadel is currently nominating himself as a member of the Regional Representative Council or DPD RI that is required to be neutral.

    “So he has no right to speak on behalf of the Golkar Party,” Airlangga said.

    Airlangga believes that Golkar will still be in the top two positions as in the previous election. “Our target remains optimistic, 110 seats in parliament,” Airlangga said.

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