Jokowi welcomes possible Golkar support
PRESIDENTIAL candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said that he would be glad if the Golkar Party decided to switch teams and support the Joko-Jusuf Kalla ticket.
"Yes, that would be good, it means that we can work together," Mr Joko told reporters in Bandung, West Java, on Saturday, as reported by tempo.co
However, he said that he could not promise anything to Golkar if it truly planned on joining the Indonesian Democratic Party - Struggle (PDI-P) coalition. He emphasised that there would not be any political transactions within its coalition.
"We have already said that there will be no conditions," he said.
Previous reports claimed that several Golkar politicians have regretted choosing to support rival ticket Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa, after seeing that most credible survey institutions showed that the Joko-Kalla ticket were in the lead.
A quick count by the Cyrus Network and the Center for Strategic and International Studies showed that Joko-Kalla were leading the presidential election with 47.17 per cent, whereas rivals Prabowo-Hatta had garnered only 42.15 per cent.
Furthermore, Golkar politician Nusron Wahid said that the party would try to unseat chairman Aburizal Bakrie due to the decision to support Mr Prabowo.
If it succeeds, then Golkar would likely join the PDI-P and its coalition partners - the NasDem Party, the National Awakening Party and the Hanura Party - in the ruling government.
With Golkar in the coalition, it is expected that a Joko administration would have a majority in the House of Representatives.
THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK