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Indonesia's PDIP party maintains Megawati as presidential candidate
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10:50, April 26, 2009

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The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) maintained its initial plan of proposing Megawati Soekarnoputri as a presidential candidate after the party's national meeting here on Saturday, the Jakarta Post website reported.

"Until now, we are sticking to the original plan to nominate Megawati as presidential candidate. It has been the party's decision from the beginning," chairman of the PDIP faction in the House of Representatives, Tjahjo Kumolo, said Saturday.

The party has had a discussion with the Golkar Party, Indonesia's largest political party based on the 2004 elections, on a possible coalition.

Golkar was forced to approach the PDIP after it decided to abandon its nearly five years coalition with the Democratic Party after incumbent president and also founder of Democrat, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said that he was considering other names besides Golkar chairman Jusuf Kalla as his running mate. Following the split, Golkar announced it would propose Kalla as its presidential candidate.

Besides, the PDIP also has engaged in talks with the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and the People's Conscience Party (Hanura). At the PDIP's national meeting, Gerindra Party chief Prabowo Subiantoro received support from the majority of regional chapters of the PDIP to become the running mate of Megawati, the national Antara news agency reported.

However, Pramono Anung, who flanked Megawati at a press conference held after the meeting, said that the PDIP would announce the name of its vice presidential candidate before May 10,which was the deadline for the registration of presidential and vice presidential candidates. He added that the PDIP would still consider the Golkar Party a strategic partner to win the presidential election or in the parliament later.


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