JBN.CO.ID ■ The Chairman of the Gerindra Party DPP, Ahmad Riza Patria denied that there had been talks for the Presidential Election (Pilpres) 2024, because the meeting between Prabowo Subianto and Megawati was a gathering of two national figures.
"The president-elect alone has not been appointed, there is no talk of 2024," said Riza at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Friday (9/8/2019).
According to him, the meeting between Prabowo and Megawati, which had taken place twice after the 2019 Presidential Election, was an ordinary gathering because the two had good relations.
Riza said that Prabowo's and Megawati's parents, Soemitro Djojohadikusumo and Soekarno, had a good relationship during his life.
"Both parents, Bung Karno and Mr Mitro, have a good relationship, then Mr. Prabowo with Mr. Taufik Kiemas and Mrs. Mega have a good relationship," he said.
He considered that even though the friendship was still maintained, it could be that in the 2024 election Gerindra and PDIP formed a coalition and could also "fight" in the contestation of democracy.
According to him, if the two parties formed a coalition, that was a good thing because of their fellow nationalist parties.
"If fighting, that is also a good thing because PDIP and Gerindra have cadres who can appear in the 2024 Presidential Election, that's something good," he said.
He said Gerindra was a mature and mature party so that it had many cadres who were ready to be advanced in the 2024 Presidential Election contest.
■ Aisha Shifa