Foto: (dok okezone)JAKARTA - Partai Demokrat berulang kali menyatakan minat untuk meminang Gubernur DKI Jakarta yang juga kader Partai Demokrasi Indonesia (PDI) Perjuangan, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), untuk disertakan dalam konvensi penjaringan calon presiden (capres).  
Namun tampaknya partai pemenang Pemilu 2009 itu masih belum memiliki nyali untuk meminang Jokowi. Pasalnya, penentuan capres di PDI Perjuangan ada di kendali Ketua Umum Megawati Soekarnoputri. Partai Demokrat merasa tidak mampu untuk meminta izin kepada Mega terkait hal tersebut.
 
"Enggak ada lobi-lobi. Kalau lobi, nanti dibantai Ibu Megawati. Siapa yang mau dimarahi Ibu Megawati," kata Wakil Ketua Umum Partai Demokrat Max Sophacua di Gedung DPR, Senayan, Jakarta, Senin (3/6/2013).
 
Selain itu, Partai Demokrat juga tidak akan mengundang siapa pun, termasuk Jokowi, untuk mengikuti konvensi yang segera dilakukan pada bulan ini.
 
"Kita tidak mengundang, kalau mau, ya daftar. Nanti malah banyak sekali yang ikut kalau kita undang," tegas Max.

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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

Nepalís Young Men, Lost to Migration, Then a Quake

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