Taufik Kiemas Says He Will Not Run in 2014 Elections

Former Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri, left, and People's Consultative Assembly Chairman Taufik Kiemas at Megawati's house in Jakarta. (Reuters Photo/Supri)

Former Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri, left, and People’s Consultative Assembly Chairman Taufik Kiemas at Megawati’s house in Jakarta. (Reuters Photo/Supri)

People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker Taufik Kiemas said on Monday he would not run in the 2014 legislative election.

“One thing is for sure I will not run in the upcoming legislative election, let alone in the presidential election,” he said Monday.

Taufik also said that the presidential nominee from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), where he is the chief patron, would be determined by his wife, Megawati Soekarnoputri.

“The name of the presidential candidate is in Megawati’s hand, but I assure you it will be a young politician,” he said.

Taufik said he had urged Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, who is also PDI-P cadre, not to run in the presidential election.

“He [Joko] has stated he did not want to be forced [to run in the presidential campaign], because he wanted to focus on fixing Jakarta,” he said.

Taufik had stated he does not approve of the possibility of his wife Megawati, who was the president of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004, running for president in 2014. Taufik said she would be better off making the decisions behind the scenes, rather than joining the race again.

Previously, the PDI-P announced that the party’s cadres who were running in the regional election, or wish to join the race, would not be allowed to run the legislative election.

“Let them focus in the regional election first,” Tjahjo Kumolo, PDI-P secretary general, said on Monday.