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Indonesian presidential hopeful Jokowi chooses Kalla as VP: Party official

Published on May 19, 2014 12:02 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesian presidential frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has picked former vice president Jusuf Kalla as his running mate for July's election, a senior party official said on Monday.

A coalition of four parties led by Jokowi's Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) gathered in central Jakarta to make the announcement.

"After meeting all the party chairpersons...it was agreed on Jusuf Kalla," PDI-P vice secretary general Tjahjo Kumolo told reporters.

Recent opinion polls show a Jokowi-Kalla ticket is by far the most popular pairing for the July 9 election.

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