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President Susilo's party allies threaten to withdraw support
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16:13, May 12, 2009

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Four political parties which have set up a coalition with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's partyon Tuesday threatened to pull out their support after the president planned to pick up a technocrat as his vice presidential candidate.

The National Mandate Party (PAN), the Nation Awakening Party (PKB), the Prosperous and Justice Party (PKS) and the Indonesian United Party (PPP) were disappointed after hearing that President Susilo wants to pick the country's central bank governor Boediono as his running mate, as they expected the figure would come from one of their political parties.

The parties said they may set up a new coalition with the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), saying that they all may have28 percent of the total votes which is possible to file their own presidential candidate.

"President Susilo intends to pick Boediono. This shocked us. We expect the vice president candidate from the four political parties. This can decrease the parties' support," Secretary General of the PAN Zulkiflie Hassan told a press conference at the parliamentary building here.

The PAN is a nationalist party and the other three were Islamicparties.

On Monday night Secretary General of the PKS Anis Matta said that President Susilo's special envoy told him that the president had picked the central bank governor as his running mate, but Vice Secretary General of Susilo's Democrat Party Syarif Hassan refused to confirm it.

President Susilo's Democrat Party took the lead with over 20 percent votes in the parliamentary elections on April 9, smoothing the way for him to seek re-election in the presidential election on July 8.

Source:Xinhua



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