TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) continuous to persistently offer its party member to be the vice presidential candidate for Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto. The party`s executive Tifatul Sembiring says that it is an unavoidable requirement that cannot be negotiated.
“As our initial deal states, we have supported Prabowo so far because he will be partnered with a vice presidential candidate from PKS. That cannot be renegotiated, the vice presidency position must be from PKS,” said Tifatul at the parliamentary complex in Senayan today, July 10.
Tifatul strongly disagrees if PKS is only asked to be a supporter in backing Gerindra for the 2019 presidential election and argues that both political parties would better part ways if that truly happens.
“We don’t want to just be an addition in the presidential election,” said the former Communication and Informatics Ministry.
However, Tifatul said that PKS has responded positively to the news of Anies Baswedan being prepared to be Prabowo Subianto’s vice presidential candidate but he once again assessed that the slot should be given to a candidate from PKS.
“The presidential candidate could be Prabowo or Anies Baswedan, that’s their right. But the vice presidential position must come from PKS,” Tifatul warned.
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