TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - General Secretary of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Jakarta Novel Bamukmin said that if God wills, FPI leader Rizieq Shihab may become the next President of Indonesia. "If this country is in an emergency [situation] and Indonesian citizen ask for Habib Rizieq to lead Indonesia then it might happen," Novel told Tempo on Friday, February 23.
Novel claimed such statement is in a condition had Rizieq Shihab appointed without running the election. "But based on people’s deliberation, not by democracy," he added.
National Survey Media Institute (Median) conducted a survey about the Presidential Election. The names Rizieq Shihab and the preacher Abdul Somad or mostly called as Ustadh Somad was in the list of figure name who is considered worthy of running election as the presidential candidate. The survey revealed that Rizieq Shihab's electability is 0.3 percent, the same number for Abdul Somad's electability.
Median Director Rico Marbun said the names of Rizieq Shihab and Abdul Somad, along with 33 names submitted by respondents, were emerged as respondents were authorized to file the candidate name.
The survey was conducted on February 1-9, by taking 1,000 respondents with an error rate limit of 3.1 percent approximately. The survey claimed a 95 percent of confidence level. The samples were randomly selected by multistage random sampling technique.