Jakarta, IO – Rumor of the merging between the United Indonesia Coalition (KIB), which consists of Golkar, PAN and PPP and the Great Indonesia Awakening Coalition (KKIR) in the run-up to 2024 presidential election is gaining steam.
Many speculated the fusion of the two major coalitions will take place without PPP, which has declared its support for PDIP candidate Ganjar Pranowo. Golkar central executive board chairman Lamhot Sinaga said the two coalitions would form a “Grand Coalition,” reported CNNIndonesia, Friday (28/4).
“Even though without PPP, KIB will not disband,” said Lamhot.
Golkar has signaled that it will embrace Gerindra. The closeness between the two parties was seen when Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto met Golkar chairman Airlangga Hartarto and Abu Rizal Bakrie during Eid holiday.
According to Lamhot, the combined seats of Golkar and PAN have met the threshold to nominate their own candidate. “Golkar and PAN have 126 seats. So KIB can still exist without PPP,” he said.
However, even though PPP has openly supported Ganjar, the party’s senior politician Habil Marati said he did not want to follow the decision. Habil stressed that he still supports Anies Baswedan as a presidential candidate.
Habil questioned the authority of PPP Acting Chairman Mardiono who ordered the party’s cadres to support Ganjar. He was of the view that the instruction would not be followed by the grass-root cadres.
He claims that more than 90 percent of PPP constituents actually support Anies. “The grassroots will not be shaken as 95 percent of the cadres solidly throw their support behind Anies,” he said. (un)