Who president Yudhoyono will choose as his running mate for the "Indonesia Bisa" campaign.
An exit poll by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) at the April 9th general election on voters' feelings towards the presidential election on July 8th found that when presented with 27 choices president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the field with just under 50% support.
When the field was narrowed down to six candidates potential voters gave these responses:
Given these figures it appears the main interest in the presidential election for now is the choice of running mate for SBY, who has chosen the phrase "Indonesia Bisa"/Indonesia Can, as his campaign theme.
Golkar have decided not to field a presidential candidate and will decide on April 23rd whether to renominate Jusuf Kalla for vice president, or another figure such as Agung Laksono, Sri Sultan Hamengkubowo X, Surya Paloh, Priyo Budi Santoso, Akbar Tandjung, or Aburizal Bakrie. Of these latter names Akbar Tanjung seems to have the most support.
Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) Secretary General Anis Matta threatened to pull out of the coalition with Partai Demokrat should the latter again choose Jusuf Kalla as SBY's running mate, while ex-president of the PKS, Hidayat Nurwahid, later played down this possibility.
From the PKS itself names mentioned include Hidayat Nurwahid (although he is Javanese), current party president Tifatul Sembiring (not Javanese, from Sumatra, but not popular/well-known), and Anis Matta (from South Sulawesi).
The final decision rests with president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is likely to favour a non-Javanese, non-military, from eastern Indonesia candidate, someone possibly with better Islamic 'credentials' than he. It is thought he is looking for more of a "helper" figure, rather than an almost equal partner, such as Jusuf Kalla has been.
From Partai Amanat Nasional (PAN) Soetrisno Bachir (SB) has also been suggested as a running mate, by the party's elder statesman Amien Rais.