The National Mandate Party, or PAN, officially announces support for Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno at the North Jakarta Sports Hall on Saturday (18/03). (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

PAN to Support Anies-Sandiaga in Second Round of Jakarta Poll


MARCH 19, 2017

Jakarta. The National Mandate Party, or PAN, on Saturday (18/03) officially announced its support for Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno in the second round of Jakarta's gubernatorial election on April 19.

PAN, the smallest party in the capital's City Council, previously endorsed Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Sylviana Murni, who in the first round on Feb. 15 won only 17 percent of the vote.

"Today, PAN in Jakarta announces its support for Anies and Sandiaga. Let's make this pair victorious in the runoff election," said Eko Hendro Purnomo, the head of PAN's Jakarta leadership board.

"Political situation is very fluid. Anything can happen. Nearing the election day, it is possible that we'll see other political parties joining us in support for Anies and Sandiaga," he added.

Sandiaga thanked PAN and promised to prioritize changes and social justice in the capital city.

"PAN members have been known as young politicians who want changes. Let's work together to make Jakarta a developed city with happy residents," he said.

Anies and Sandiaga will race against incumbent Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat, who were 3 percent ahead of them in the first round.