Media tycoon Hary Tanoesoedibyo says he has resigned from his position as the board of experts chairman of the newly-founded Nasdem Party due to a widening rift between him and Nasdem founder and soon-to-be chairman, Surya Paloh.
Hary said in a press conference on Monday that the majority of the party's members, around 70 percent, were young people. He wanted young cadres to keep handling the management of the party while Surya, who is also a media mogul, wanted to change that, he added.
“He [Surya Paloh] also intends to be the chairman,” Hary said, as quoted by kompas.com.
However, Hary said that the different opinions between him and Surya would not ruin their personal relationship. “We are still friends but we have differences on the handling of the party. So I decided to quit,” he said.
Hary decided to join the party three months after its establishment in July 2011. The rift between two media moguls went public when senior party executives decided that Surya would become the party’s new chairman, replacing Patrice Rio Capella without passing through any election process. (cor)