PPP considers supporting Sri Mulyani’s presidential bid

The United Development Party (PPP) has become the first political grouping that openly supports Sri Mulyani Indrawati’s presidential bid in 2014 if the former finance minister decides to contest the election, regardless of her link to the Bank Century controversy.

PPP secretary general Irgan Chairul Mahfidz said the Muslim-based party considered Mulyani eligible for the top executive post due to her competence, intelligence and integrity.

“PPP opens up a possibility to support her if surveys prove her popularity,” Irgan told Antara news agency on Friday.

He suggested that other political parties and possible presidential candidates take Mulyani seriously.

“Only because of political interests she had to quit the Cabinet. If she enters politics and announces her bid for presidency, her rivals must take her into consideration,” Irgan said.

The discourse over Mulyani’s possible comeback has been rife after a non-governmental organization launched Thursday a website named after the former finance minister, who is now a World Bank managing director.

Todung Mulya Lubis, senior lawyer and co-founder of the Alliance for Democracy Education, said the website, www.srimulyani.net, was aimed at collecting participation from the public to watch the implementation of ethics and integrity in the government’s public policies, and had nothing to do with efforts to woo public support for Mulyani’s bid for presidency.

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