REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno was pleased to hear the rumor saying former Indonesian Military chief Gatot Nurmantyo to join his camp. He believed Gatot could help to build a strong government.
“He is certainly a very experienced figure and can help us to present a strong government with a firm leadership pattern," Sandiaga said on Thursday (August 23).
In addition, Sandiaga also assessed Gatot is a strong figure who understand about asymmetric wars in the future, as an economic war. According to him, it is important to increase economic independence.
Sandiaga admitted the plan to meet Gatot soon. However, both of them are still looking for the right time.
Former TNI Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo
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The opposition camp finally announced the pair of presidential and vice presidential candidate. Late on August 9, Gerindra Party chief patron Prabowo Subianto declared himself as presidential candidate and Sandiaga as his running mate.
"Leaders of three political parties, namely Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), National Mandate Party (PAN), and Gerindra Party have decided and trusted me and Sandiaga to advance as presidential and vice presidential candidate for the 2019-2024 term," said Prabowo in a press conference on August 9.
However, Prabowo - Sandiaga camp has not registered yet the winning team to General Election Commission (KPU). According to Sandiaga, there was no obstacle in forming the winning team.
“There is no obstacle, but we just don’t want to rush it,” Sandiaga added.