Gatot Nurmantyo Lacks Financial Backing for Presidential Bid  

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -  Political expert from Jakarta State University (UNJ) Ubedilah Badrun said it was unlikely for former Indonesian military (TNI) commander Gatot Nurmantyo to run for president unless the latter had strong financial support.

    “Entering the presidential election would require immense financial backing of around Rp3-7 trillion. Not every political elite has that,” said Ubedilah on Friday, April 27. 

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    He added Gatot Nurmantyo had the electability and sociological odds to become a presidential hopeful, but lacked the political party factor to get him the ticket for the 2019 presidential race.

    That would be his biggest homework. If not, his candidacy will merely be an idea,” he said.

    Ubedilah also believed that Gatot Nurmantyo's path to the presidential race was hampered by the fact that each party in the country was touting its own presidential contender, such as Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, who was backed by the Democrat, and the National Awakening Party (PKB) with Muhaimin Iskandar.