JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's presidential frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will on Monday announce popular former vice president Jusuf Kalla as his running mate for the July 9 election, party officials said.
A coalition of four parties led by Jokowi's Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle gathered in central Jakarta to formally nominate Kalla, long a favorite for the position, according to opinion polls.
"(Kalla) has been invited...to become a vice presidential candidate," Max Lumintang of Golkar party told Reuters. "It's final, since last night."
Kalla is a member of the country's second biggest party Golkar and brings with him a significant support base.
Jakarta stocks rose more than 1 percent to an almost 1-year high in early trading on expectations that Jokowi would pick Kalla, a successful businessman and currently the head of Indonesian Red Cross.
(Reporting by Fergus Jensen, Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor, Editing by Jonathan Thatcher)
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