Golkar Party chairman and business tycoon Aburizal Bakrie is reportedly considering Edhie Baskoro, the youngest son of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, as his running mate for the 2014 presidential elections, a senior party member said Wednesday.
The statement followed a recent visit by Bakrie to the East Java town of Madiun, where he received a warm welcome from Edhie, who is also known as Ibas.
During that visit, Bakrie described Ibas as a potential leader, saying that it’s already in his blood, and that he could become a vice president.
“When Pak Ical [Bakrie] made such a statement, that means that Ibas meets his criteria for vice presidential candidate pairing, Golkar deputy secretary general Nurul Arifin said in a text message to reporters.
She said “it wouldn’t be a surprise” if Bakrie ultimately turned to Ibas, who is now a member of the House of Representatives’ security and foreign affairs commission.
In addition, the party chairman has also reportedly considered other names, such as Yogya Sultan Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Army Chief Gen. Pramono Edhie Wibowo, Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mahfud M.D. and former minister Khofifah Indar Parawangsa.