TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The 212 Alumni or the PA 212 brotherhood held a meeting with a number of political party officials at Sultan Hotel, South Jakarta, Monday, July 23. Secretary-General of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Eddy Soeparno, one of the invited party officials, said in the meeting, PA 212 asked some parties to be able to coalesce.
“PA 212 asked the invited parties to be able to unite and in the near future, to declare a coalition. That is the wish of the ulema who we respect and consider,” Eddy said after the meeting.
The five parties invited were Gerindra Party, PAN, Berkarya Party, Crescent Star Party (PBB) and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). Of the five parties invited, Berkarya Party dan PKS were absent.
Eddy said PAN has not decided whether to join the coalition or not. He claimed to be still discussing and considering it in the internal party. “It is a desire that we respect and will be taken into consideration,” he said.
Eddy ensured that PAN is still firmly in the National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) held in 2017. Rakernas agreed to propose PAN Chairman Zulkifli Hasan both as the presidential and vice presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
Eddy said that at the meeting, the invited parties were listening more to the input of the PA 212 ulemas. He said the ulemas hope that the parties have a people’s commitment to the presidential election.