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Indonesia's PDIP Party officially nominates Megawati as presidential candidate
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19:02, May 07, 2009

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Indonesia's second largest political party, the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), officially nominated Thursday its chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri to run in July 8 presidential election, the party's senior official said here.

Speaking after attending an internal PDI-P meeting here, the party's senior official Pramono Anung confirmed that the political party has nominated her during the meeting.

"She will still be our presidential candidate. It has been decided in the party's previous congress," the influential news portal Detik.com quoted Pramono Anung as saying Thursday.

His confirmation ended up speculations that rife among the public regarding the person who will be nominated as the presidential candidate by the party.

As of now, the incumbent president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Megawati Soekarnoputri and Vice President Jusuf Kalla have been nominated by their parties to contest the presidential election.

Jusuf Kalla, who is nominated by the Golkar Party, embraced former Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Wiranto as his running mate for the presidency.

The Golkar party secured more than 14 percent in the recent legislative elections, according to quick count held by polling agencies

PDI P is yet to determine the pairing for Megawati. The talks over possible coalitions with other political parties are underway at the moment. PDI P secured more than 14 percent votes in the elections.

Yudhoyono, is yet to announce his running mate in the election. He said that he already pocketed the candidate name and would announce the name after the KPU announce the official result of legislative elections on May 9.

According to the quick count results, Yudhoyono's Democrat Party, leads the rank with more than 20 percent. Many political parties have pledged their willingness to coalesce with Democrat party.

Source: Xinhua

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