Ruling party yet to settle on Jokowi's running mate

Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Vice-President Jusuf Kalla during a ceremony in Jakarta last year. Mr Joko is hard pressed to find a running mate for next year's election who has all the key qualifications that his current V-P has.
Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Vice-President Jusuf Kalla during a ceremony in Jakarta last year. Mr Joko is hard pressed to find a running mate for next year's election who has all the key qualifications that his current V-P has.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Deadline for candidates to register for next year's presidential polls fast approaching

Three-and-a-half months to go before the registration of presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the 2019 election, the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is yet to decide who would be the best fit to be President Joko Widodo's running mate.

It is difficult to find a person of the same calibre as incumbent Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, who has all the key qualifications - ability to garner extra votes for Mr Joko; having wide social networks; and having strong experience in government, Kompas daily reported, citing Mr Hendrawan Supratikno, a senior party leader.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'Ruling party yet to settle on Jokowi's running mate'. Print Edition | Subscribe