Jakarta, Indonesianpost.com – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has officially announced its support for Anies Baswedan as a candidate for the 2024 presidential election. The ceremony was marked by the wearing of a black peci by Anies during the declaration at the PKS central office.
Anies visited the PKS central office on Jalan TB Simatupang in South Jakarta on Thursday (23/2/2023) to be declared as the presidential candidate of the party with the crescent moon and rice symbol. Anies was accompanied by officials from the PKS Jakarta Provincial Board and arrived at around 1:41 pm WIB riding a horse-drawn carriage from Buperta in Ragunan.
After getting off the carriage, Anies and his entourage walked towards the PKS central office, where they were greeted with the traditional Betawi gate called “palang pintu”. PKS President Ahmad Syaikhu was waiting at the central office. Applause and shouts of “Anies for president” echoed at the location.
Bismillah. RESMI! @aniesbaswedan Bakal Calon Presiden RI 2024 dari Partai Keadilan Sejahtera.
— DPP PKS (@PKSejahtera) February 23, 2023
The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has officially announced its support for Anies Baswedan as a presidential candidate (capres) for the 2024 election. The ceremony of Anies wearing a black cap marked the declaration of his candidacy at the PKS DPP Office.
Anies went to the PKS DPP office on TB Simatupang Street, South Jakarta, to be declared as the presidential candidate of the party with the crescent moon and rice symbol on Thursday (23/2/2023). Anies was accompanied by the DPW PKS DKI Jakarta officials and arrived around 13:41 WIB riding a horse-drawn carriage from Buperta, Ragunan.
After getting off the horse-drawn carriage, Anies and his group walked towards the PKS DPP office, where Anies was greeted by the Betawi traditional gate. PKS President Ahmad Syaikhu was waiting at the PKS DPP office. The location was filled with cheers and shouts of “Anies for president”.
PKS members and sympathizers gathered along TB Simatupang Street, wearing party attributes, from paper flags to shirts with Anies’s picture and banners with welcoming messages for Anies.
“Anies for president 2024,” said a supporter at the location.
PKS then officially designated its presidential candidate to be supported in the 2024 Presidential Election (Pilpres), which is Anies Baswedan, following the footsteps of the NasDem Party which had declared the former Governor of Jakarta as their presidential candidate for 2024.
“The discussion has narrowed down to the fact that the figure being referred to is Anies Rasyid Baswedan,” said PKS President Ahmad Syaikhu at the PKS DPP.
“After the decision of the Eighth Council’s Musyawarah Majelis Syuro, I instructed the structures, members, and sympathizers of PKS throughout Indonesia to introduce and socialize Brother Anies Rasyid Baswedan to all corners of the country as the PKS’s presidential candidate,” said Syaikhu.
PKS declared Anies Baswedan as their presidential candidate for 2024 after the Musyawarah Majelis Syuro PKS held its deliberation. This declaration was made one day before the PKS held its national working meeting (rakernas).
Long Journey to Choose Anies
Ahmad Syaikhu revealed the lengthy process that PKS went through to select Anies Baswedan as their presidential candidate for 2024. PKS went through several stages before ultimately choosing Anies as their candidate.
“Of course, we realize that the process of searching for a presidential candidate for the Republic of Indonesia in PKS is a very long process and has been carefully considered,” said Ahmad Syaikhu.
In that lengthy process, PKS received input from all regions. PKS asked regions about the 2024 presidential candidate.
“The DPP also listened to inputs from all regions in the country. From Sabang to Merauke, we asked about the aspirations that were developing in the regions and areas,” he said.
Moreover, PKS also asked for the opinion of figures throughout Indonesia in determining the 2024 presidential candidate. Eventually, PKS selected Anies Baswedan as their presidential candidate for 2024.
“The DPP also went around to various regions to ask for input in political kinship from various community figures in the country,” Syaikhu added.
— DPP PKS (@PKSejahtera) February 23, 2023
Anies’ Blue Blood
Ahmad Syaikhu also mentioned Anies Baswedan’s blue blood. Syaikhu initially mentioned three criteria for PKS presidential candidates. He said that one of them is to have a nationalist-religious character.
“Then the second criteria is that the person should be a symbol of change. We will continue the goodness of today and then innovate to achieve perfection, and the third is that the chance of winning should also be high,” said Syaikhu.
Syaikhu said that these three criteria were developed in the Seventh Majelis Syura (Advisory Council Meeting) forum. And, it was concluded that the person who met these criteria was Anies Baswedan.
“We believe that the 3 parameters that became guidance in the Seventh MMS are possessed by Anies Baswedan,” said Syaikhu.