President Joko Widodo acknowledges that his meeting with chairmen of political parties was held to discuss the implementation of the Simultaneous Regional Head Election in 2018 and the Presidential Election in 2019. The President said that he held the meeting to ensure that the elections both regionally and nationally can run safely and peacefully. However, he affirmed that the meeting with the chairmen of the political parties has not discussed the list of candidates for president and vice president who will fight in the 2019 Presidential Election.
“…The meeting with Mega, Romi, Surya Paloh, Muhaimin Iskandar, Oesman Sapta, and the meeting with Zulkifli was a routine one. We discuss all about how to ensure the safety and peaceful condition of the Presidential Election,” the President said.
Earlier on Tuesday, President Joko Widodo met with Chairman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, Megawati Soekarnoputri at Batu Tulis Palace in Bogor, West Java. More recently, the President has also met the Chairman of the National Mandate Party who is concurrently the Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly, Zulkifli Hasan. Both held a closed meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta. In addition, on several occasions, President Joko Widodo also met Chairman of the United Development Party (PPP) Romahurmuziy, Chairman of the National Democratic Party -Nasdem, Surya Paloh, Chairman of the People's Conscience Party-Hanura, Oesman Sapta Odang, and Chairman of the National Awakening Party-PKB, Muhaimin Iskandar. (Ndy)