Monday, 06 April 2020 | 05:40 WIB

Observer: Amien’s Declaration as Presidential Candidate to ‘Scare’ Undecided Candidates

Arbi Sanit

JAKARTA, NNC - Political observer Arbi Sanit commented on the declaration of the Chairman of the Honorary Board of National Mandate Party (PAN) Amien Rais as a presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election by the Civil Society Coalition (KUM).

"Yes, this is enlivening the market of presidential candidates. Maybe they see there are flaws from Jokowi [Joko Widodo]'s side, from those weaknesses people who have ambition hope there is a chance there. Well, now the opportunity is tried to be used. Like Amien Rais does now," said Arbi to NNC, Sunday (7/1/2018).

In addition, Arbi also appreciated Amien's political moves. He mentioned regardless of the problem of ability as a leader or whether there is party carrying him, this declaration shows the clarity of composition in the 2019 presidential election.

That way, Arbi continued, people can get a picture of who are the challengers of incumbent candidate Joko Widodo in the 2019 presidential election, so they can weigh in the candidates to be elected early on.

"It could also trigger a clearer composition of the actual presidential candidates. So it's clear that the game we will be facing in 2019. As for the matter of ability it's another affair," he said.

"Besides there is ambition, there is a need as well, people need much longer [time] to think of those ambitious to be president. Whether it is worth choosing or not, so people can have a reason from now," he said.

Arbi added Amien Rais' declaration as a presidential candidate also aims to 'scare' candidates who want to face Jokowi not to be undecided and immediately declare them, because, so far, in addition to Jokowi, there is no candidate who dares to declare themselves as a presidential candidate.

"The function of nomination like Amien Rais' is that the structure of the election composition battle is clearer, do not float like it is now, [we] do not know who will run, except Mr. Jokowi. So, frighten people who want to be candidates to declare, be obvious," he said.

Previously reported, the Civil Society Coalition declared support to Amien Rais to run for presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election. The declaration was held in East Jakarta on Saturday (6/30).