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Two ministerial posts not
enough for Golkar: Chairman

Golkar chairman Aburizal Bakrie says his party, which recently joined the Democratic Party-led coalition, deserves between three and four ministerial seats in the next Cabinet.

He said that given its size, Golkar was entitled to ministerial seats that might exceed the number awarded to individual original members of the coalition. Golkar finished second to the Democratic Party in the April 9 legislative elections, winning 108 of the 560 legislative seats.

"Three or four is appropriate. Golkar is a big party," Aburizal said, adding that two ministerial posts were not enough.

Aburizal said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono would not discriminate against Golkar.

This was referring to an earlier statement from Yudhoyono that he would apply a different coalition scheme to Golkar because it had not joined the coalition from the beginning.

The Democratic Party established a coalition that included the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the United Development Party (PPP) and the National Awakening Party (PKB) to support the Yudhoyono-Boediono ticket in the July 8 presidential election.

Aburizal refused to confirm whether he and other Golkar ministers in the current Cabinet would serve a second five-year term or be replaced by other party members.

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