Experts Reveal Why Cak Imin Pede Can Be Presidential Candidate for 2024 Gain Golkar-PPP

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

Political observer from Paramadina University Hendri Satrio revealed the reason for the General Chair of the National Awakening Party (PKB) Muhaimin Iskandar alias Cak Imin looks confident (Pede) as a presidential candidate (candidate) in 2024. One of the reasons is because he understands that PKB’s position is very strategic.

Hendri responded to Cak Imin’s confident attitude that he wanted to join the united Indonesia coalition (KIB), namely PAN-Golkar-PPP as long as it was promoted as a presidential candidate in 2024.

“If until today he [Cak Imin] say the presidential candidate must be me, it’s not just call tall. However, Cak Imin understands that PKB’s position is very strategic today because various political parties have begun to glance at it,” said Hendri at the event. CNN Indonesia NewsroomThursday (26/5).

According to him, Cak Imin’s desire to become a presidential candidate when he joined the PAN-Golkar-PPP coalition was a natural thing. This is because the electability concerned is not much different from the three general chairmen who formed the United Indonesia Coalition (KIB).

“The position is the same as him, electability is still at the level of effort. He [Cak Imin] feel good too,” he added.

Hendri said Cak Imin had good political maneuvers in order to grow his party. He also sees that it is not a significant problem if Cak Imin is not elected as a presidential or vice-presidential candidate in his third year serving as Chairman of the PKB.

“If you don’t, that’s okay. Cak Imin has one way to grow his party, including the ministerial seats that PKB got,” said Hendri.

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In addition to confidence, Deputy Secretary General of the PKB Syaiful Huda said another reason that became the basis for Cak Imin’s enthusiasm to run for president. According to him, the role of the PKB, which had always been a determinant in previous elections, was a major consideration.

He also brought up the victory of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) for two consecutive terms and the victory of Joko Widodo (Jokowi) over Prabowo Subianto to some extent because of the role of PKB.

“When we joined Pak SBY, PKB became the decider and Pak SBY was elected twice. Pak Jokowi has a rivalry with Pak Prabowo, PKB joins and decides in East Java and Central Java bases,” said Syaiful.

Furthermore, he also touched on PKB’s role in determining Ma’ruf Amin as Jokowi’s vice president.

“This means that if Cak Imin wants to run as a presidential candidate, yes, I think it’s natural because in its history PKB has been quite decisive of which pair will be part of the PKB coalition,” concluded Syaiful.

Cak Imin previously welcomed the KIB idea formed by PAN, Golkar, and PPP. He also stated that his party was willing to join the coalition on the condition that the candidate that was carried later was him. PAN and PPP refused.

“I’m ready to join as long as I’m the presidential candidate,” he told reporters after a gathering with a number of clerics in Surabaya, East Java, Sunday (22/5).

(ryn / DAL)

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