Zulhas says political parties need Kaesang to win the Jakarta gubernatorial election

TEMPO.CO, JakartaNational Mandate Party (PAN) general chairman Zulkifli Hasan said political parties needed this Kaesang Pangarep – the youngest son of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi, who ran in the Jakarta gubernatorial elections. PAN agrees to support Ridwan Kamil in the Jakarta Pilkada.

ZulhasZulkifli's nickname, said he conveyed his pledge to support Ridwan during Jokowi's meeting with the general chairmen of political parties supporting the government at the presidential palace in Jakarta in late May.

“I proposed Ridwan Kamil in Jakarta, everyone agreed,” Zulhas, who is also Minister of Commerce, said at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Friday, June 14, 2024.

About Ridwan Kamil's companion in the Jakarta gubernatorial elections, Zulhas said there was no agreement yet. However, the name Kaesang – who is currently the general chairman of the Indonesian Solidarity Party – is needed.

“I reported to the president: 'If Kaesang is allowed No?', the president said 'no', but parties are necessary. “The party must be able to win,” Zulhas said.

Besides PAN, the Golkar Party, as Ridwan's political home, has recommended the former governor of West Java to participate in the Jakarta gubernatorial election. In a separate statement on Friday at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Golkar general chairman Airlangga Hartarto did not deny or confirm whether Ridwan would form a duet with Kaesang.

However, Airlangga emphasized that Ridwan was ready to fight anyone. “RK is ready to fight whoever his opponent is,” Airlangga said. “(Regarding the duet with Kaesang) we are still studying everything.”


Parties supporting Jokowi's government include PAN, Golkar, Gerindra Party and Democratic Party. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) will not share the same votes as it did in the 2024 presidential election as it nominated former Central Java governor Ganjar Pranowo. Political parties that support the government and are members of the Forward Indonesia Coalition along with a number of other parties are supporting Prabowo Subianto in the 2024 presidential election.

Gerindra has not officially declared Ridwan Kamil as a candidate for governor. However, Gerindra Party deputy general chairman Habiburokhman circulated a code stating that Ridwan Anies could defeat Baswedan.

if God wants it win if we look for a strong candidate like Mr RK. Why? “Because the people of Jakarta always want something new, they always want people not to get involved in old problems,” Habiburokhman said on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at the Senayan Complex.

The Democratic Party did not immediately respond to the message sent Pace on Friday afternoon, when asked whether his party would support Ridwan Kamil in the Jakarta gubernatorial election. Democratic Party spokesperson Herzaky Mahendra Putra said his party will not nominate former presidential candidate Anies Baswedan in the upcoming regional elections. “Anies is not in the proposal,” Herzaky told the media crew in the Sanur, Bali area on Thursday, June 13, 2024.

Kaesang is still unwilling to reveal his plans to run for the DKI gubernatorial election or not. He only said that the registration process for Pilkada would only take place from August 27 to 29. Jokowi's youngest son hopes that the public will patiently wait for information about his political moves in the 2024 regional elections, ahead of the registration of regional main candidates. “Secret,” Kaesang said on Friday, June 7, 2024, at the PSI DPP office in Jakarta.

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