Puan Maharani Ready to Be President to replace her mother, Megawati Sukarnoputri
Monday, 24 October 2011 23:57
Puan Maharani, left, says she is ready to replace her mother, former President Megawati Sukarnoputri, as the presidential candidate for the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).
Taufik Kiemas thinks that his wife, former President Megawati Sukarnoputri, will be too old to attempt to contest the presidential elections in 2014.
Taufik said Megawati should â€śreconsiderâ€ť her decision to contest the elections in 2014.
â€śShe will be 68-years old in 2014,â€ť he told journalists at the House of Representatives (DPR) on Monday.
He also appeared to mock his wife, comparing her to former dictator Suharto.
â€śWe once laughed at Pak Harto [Suharto] when he still wanted to be president at the age of 70,â€ť Taufik said. â€śWhy are we following that example now?â€ť
Taufik and Megawati have failed to see eye-to-eye for years, with the former first gentleman and his daughter, Puan Maharani, hoping to bring the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) into the ruling government coalition.
Megawati, on the other hand, has never forgiven Yudhoyono for running against her â€” and winning â€” in the 2004 presidential elections and maintained her vague stance of opposing him ever since.
The former president has also resisted suggestions that she move aside, maintaining an iron grip on her political vehicle.
Taufik said the party needed three years to prepare a new candidate, and the old should make way for younger people.
Analysts say Puan is likely to be the next leader.
Puan Maharani says she is ready to be nominated as the presidential candidate for the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle. The comments come just hours after her father, Taufik Kiemas, said her mother, former President Megawati Sukarnoputri, was too old to contest the 2014 presidential elections.
â€śAs a cadre, Iâ€™m ready to be assigned to every position, especially if it is mandated by the party,â€ť Puan at a national coordination meeting for the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in Balikpapan on Monday.
Puan, however, acknowledged that it was unlikely Megawati would withdraw from the 2014 race.
â€śBu Mega never said that she would withdraw her presidential nomination,â€ť she said. â€śHer (ANT/AviationCare)
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