TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Gerindra Party Deputy Chairman Ferry Juliantono said it is impossible for the party to support Anies Baswedan as a presidential candidate for the election next year. However, the party opens the chance should the Jakarta Governor willing to be a running mate of Prabowo.
“It is possible [for Anies] as the vice; not as the presidential candidate, that is quite hard,” said Ferry today in Menteng, Central Jakarta.
Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and National Mandate Party (PAN) earlier were said to form a coalition with Gerindra in 2019 Presidential Election and planned to back Anies Baswedan as a presidential candidate. Aside from that, the Democrat Party reportedly planned to also support Anies.
PKS strived to carry out Anies as the running mate of West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan. Meanwhile, Democrat Party wanted to support Anies with its party’s executive member Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono. Meanwhile, Prabowo had said he would welcome Anies as a presidential candidate.
On the other hand, Ferry said Gerindra persisted to support Prabowo as a presidential candidate and Anies Baswedan as the vice as he deemed to be well-suited to accompany the party’s chair. However, the decision is on the hand of Prabowo, he added.
M ROSSENO AJI