REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Aside being rumored to join opposition camp, Gatot Nurmantyo's name was also said to be in the government camp. The former Indonesian Military (TNI) commander was said to lead the winning team of incumbent President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-KH Ma'ruf Amin or the Koalisi Indonesia Kerja (KIK, Indonesian Working Coalition).
According to Chairman of United Development Party (PPP) Romahurmuziy, KIK has not determine its chairperson. Gatot's name as well as other national figures' name were still being discussed by the coalition members.
"Of course, we consider all national figures, including Mr. Gatot," Romahurmuziy said at Corruption Eradication Commission office, Jakarta, on Thursday (August 23).
Romahurmuziy believed Gatot could strengthen the vote for Jokowi-Kiai Ma'ruf's camp in presidential election 2019. On the other hand, the coalition also aiming for someone with initials M.
"His initials is M and he is over 60-years old. He will be summoned again by the president, but I have not heard any further information or changes," Romahurmuziy said.
Earlier, the opposition camp stated their interest to ask Gatot to join the winning team for Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno. National Mandate Party (PAN) has proposed Gatot's name a while ago.
"We have discussed it, but at that time Mr Gatot was still busy preparing himself as an alternative to the existing presidential candidates," PAN Secretary General Eddy Suparno said at PAN headquarters, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, on Wednesday (August 22).