SBY signals democrat`s support for Jokowi`s bid for second term

SBY signals democrat`s support for Jokowi`s bid for second term

Chairman of the Democrat Party, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY). (ANTARA /Yulius Satria Wijaya)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the Democrat Party, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), who is also the sixth Indonesian president, has signaled his party`s support for President Joko Widodo (Jokowi`s) bid for a second term in the 2019 presidential election.

The Democrat Party is still undecided about its candidate to run for the presidency in the 2019 election.

But in his address at the opening of the party`s national leadership meeting held at the Sentul International Convention Center on Saturday, SBY repeatedly signaled his party`s support for Jokowi to run for a second five-year term.

"God willing, the Democrat Party will nominate the most suitable and best presidential and vice presidential candidates in 2019. When the time comes, we will announce them," he stated.

SBY further expressed hope that Jokowi could successfully accomplish his duties and dedication until the end of his tenure in 2019, with the best achievement.

He also prayed for Jokowi`s success in the 2019 presidential poll.

"May he be successful in 2019 presidential election according to his expectations and desires," he remarked.

SBY added that the challenge faced by the Jokowi government is the same as that of his government in 2008.

The challenge was economic upheaval in the run-up to presidential election in 2009, he recalled.

He believed that the Jokowi administration would be able to deal with the challenge as his United Indonesia Cabinet II had done successfully.

Reported by Rangga Pandu Asmara Jingga
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(T.S012/A/KR-BSR/B003)

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