“I will not run for two reasons: first is age and second is the provision of the 1945 Constitution,” he said during his speech at the opening of an event called the “National Gathering ahead of a Century of Independence 2045” on October 26 at the Vice Presidential Palace in Jakarta.
“One thing’s for sure: I can only take office twice. It doesn’t say consecutively, but twice. So, I have taken office twice. Even if it says consecutively, I will not run again,” Jusuf Kalla said to applause at the meeting.
The Vice President also talked about his participation in the previous presidential elections.
“I’m Indonesia’s champion. I participated in three presidential elections; won twice and lost once. There is no one like me,” Jusuf Kalla said, drawing laughter from the attendees.