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PAN deputy chief expresses willingness to join Jokowi coalition

Tempo - July 23, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The deputy chairman of National Mandate Party (PAN), Bara Hasibuan, claimed his party is willing to join the government coalition of Joko Widodo or Jokowi – Ma'ruf Amin without any demand.

"PAN wants to join without any condition because we respect Jokowi – Ma'ruf as the victor of 2019 presidential election. They get a mandate from the people who consider them better to lead Indonesia for the next five years," said bara in Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Tuesday, July 23.

He asserted that Indonesia implements a presidential system of government, so the president has a prerogative right to form a cabinet and tap people in ministerial seats to assist him.

Therefore, he opined, it will be the right of the president-elect whether he allows other political parties to join the government in a bid to gain more power or figures out it is not necessary to have more party in the coalition.

"So we are aware of the fact, and we don't propose a condition. The idea about 55-45 power-sharing opposes the presidential system," he added.

According to him, the power-sharing idea was echoed by a certain group, while the coalition of Prabowo – Sandiaga had been dismissed. PAN, he went on, truly determine to be an insider in a bid to help the government of Jokowi – Ma'ruf.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1227638/pan-deputy-chief-expresses-willingness-to-join-jokowi-coalition