JAKARTA, Aug. 9 (JDN.id) – Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, officially announced on Thursday evening that he will seek a second term in next year’s election and has picked Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate.
“After considering inputs from religious scholars, leaders of political parties, supporters and public, by saying Bismillahirahmanirahim, I decided to run again as a presidential candidate for 2019-2024 period,” Jokowi said in Jakarta after a coordinating meeting with political party leaders that support him for the race.
“I have decided and have received approval from the political party coalition…the one who will be my running mate for 2019-2024 period is Prof. Dr. KH. Ma’ruf Amin,” Jokowi added.
The coalition, known as Indonesian working coalition, comprises of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Golkar Party, United Development Party (PPP), People’s Conscience Party (Hanura), National Democratic Party (NasDem), National Awakening Party (PKB), the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI), Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) and United Indonesia Party (Perindo).
Ma’ruf Amin is currently the chairman of Indonesia’s Ulema Council (MUI) since 2015. The 75-year-old will end his term as chairman in 2020.
Amin is also a member of chairmanship board of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country’s largest Muslim organization.
He is also a member of president’s working unit for reinforcement of Indonesia’s ideology Pancasila led by PDI-P’s chairwoman Megawati Sukarnoputri.
The pair will register their candidacy to General Elections Commission (KPU) on Friday, Aug. 10.
Jokowi-Amin is the first pair that announced their candidacy for next year presidential race.