Jakarta: Former Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that Functional Groups (Golkar) Party chairman Airlangga Hartarto and People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang "Bamsoet" Soesatyo will not compete against each other. Kalla said that he has held meetings with the two Golkar Party politicians.
"We have talked sometime ago. I believe they will stay united," the former Golkar Party chairman said here on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
Kalla revealed that competition between Bamsoet and Airlangga could reduce public trust. He hopes the upcoming Golkar National Congress could elect the best leader.
"They will be only one winner. So it should be decided by consensus. We don't want to fight each other. It could divide the party. We don't want that," the Buginese politician explained.
Earlier today, Bamsoet decided to end his bid for Functional Groups (Golkar) Party chairman. The decision was taken after receiving advice from senior Golkar politicians.
He believes that his decision can help maintain the party's unity. He urged his supporters to reconcile with other party members.
The Tenth National Congress will take place on 3-6 December 2019. One agenda of the congress will be the election of the party’s leadership.