AHY Claims Democrat Doesn`t Depend on Prabowo`s Coat Tail Effect

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chairman of Democratic Party’s Joint Task Force Command (Kogasma) Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono or AHY said his party did not depend on the coattail effect from the proposed presidential and vice presidential candidates. AHY said his party had its own strategies for the winning in the 2019 legislative elections.

    “No. If we depend on the coattail effect it means that we hope too much. Hope is not a strategy,” said Agus after the closing of the debriefing of legislative candidates for the House of Representatives of the Democratic Party at the Golden Ballroom in The Sultan Hotel, Jakarta, November 11.

    AHY said a number of survey institutions noted that the coattail effect would only be enjoyed by the Gerindra Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle or PDI-P, which have the presidential candidates.

    One survey that noted the coattail effect was the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) Denny JA. LSI Denny JA researcher, Adjie Al Faraby, said the presidential figures, Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, only had a significant effect on their respective parties, namely PDI-P and Gerindra. Adjie said both did not give electoral incentives to their bearer parties in the 2019 presidential election.

    AHY said the togetherness of his party with Prabowo-Sandiaga was inevitable. Even so, Democratic Party will focus on the victory of legislative elections. “We do not want to take the wrong path or determine the wrong strategy in winning of the legislative candidates,” he said.