The Advanced Indonesia Coalition (KIM) postponed the meeting with the general chairmen of the parties that are members of the coalition. This delay also had an impact on the declaration time of the vice presidential candidate (cawapres), who had to wait for the general chairman to complete his attendance.
Secretary General (Sekjen) of the Gerindra Party, Ahmad Muzani, emphasized that the time for the cawapres declaration was waiting for the general chairmen to be in Jakarta.
He denied that the cawapres declaration was not carried out because Prabowo Subianto was still confused.
“No (it was postponed not because the person being proposed to was still upset),” said Muzani at Prabowo’s residence on Jalan Kertanegara Number IV, South Jakarta, Tuesday (17/10/2023) evening.
Muzani emphasized that the time for the cawapres declaration was waiting for the party general chairman to arrive in Jakarta. Later the general chairmen will hold a meeting first.
“Because this was postponed solely because there was still a general chairman accompanying President Joko Widodo’s visit,” said Muzani.
Previously, KIM opened the option of declaring Prabowo’s vice presidential candidate at the same time as the presidential and vice presidential candidates were registered at the KPU. This means that Prabowo’s cawapres declaration is likely between October 19-25, according to the time given by the KPU for presidential and vice-presidential candidates to register.
“It’s possible,” said Muzani.
However, Muzani has not yet confirmed the details of when Prabowo will declare his cawapres. The reason is, Prabowo is still waiting for the party chairmen at KIM to gather in full first.
Meanwhile, on the other hand, the General Chair of PAN, Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan, is still on duty in China.
“I don’t know what the order is first, what is the registration first and then the declaration? Is the declaration just announced? And basically I don’t know because the meeting will be held after the general chairmen are all in Jakarta,” said Muzani.
Prabowo Reluctant to Rush
Previously, Prabowo opened his voice about when he would declare his vice presidential candidate for the Advanced Indonesia Coalition (KIM). Prabowo said that the announcement of a vice presidential candidate was not done in a hurry.
This was emphasized by Prabowo in response to the question of whether the declaration of waiting for the general chairmen of political parties to gather was complete by waiting for the return of PAN General Chair Zulkifli Hasan from China or not.
“Ojo kesusu, ojo grusa grusu, we continue… It’s called democracy,” said Prabowo at his residence on Jalan Kertanegara Number IV, South Jakarta, Tuesday (17/10/2023).
Prabowo also responded to information regarding Gibran Rakabuming Raka joining the Golkar Party, following the strong opportunity for President Jokowi’s son to become Prabowo’s vice presidential candidate.
Prabowo did not comment on the question, Gibran, who was reportedly Golkar, only gave a thumbs up gesture from inside the car.