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Golkar is fine, executive chief says

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani
    Margareth S. Aritonang and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, May 16, 2017 | 11:45 am
Golkar is fine, executive chief says Consolidation: Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto (center) is congratulated by the party’s plenary leader Nurdin Halid (right) and Setya’s main rival Ade Komarudin (left) during the party's extraordinary national congress in Nusa Dua, Bali, held on May 15-17, 2016. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

Golkar Party executive chief Nurdin Halid has assured that an extraordinary national congress (Munaslub) will not take place amid an internal rift said to be plaguing the party.

“Everything is fine,” he told journalists after a meeting at Golkar’s headquarters in Slipi, West Jakarta, on Monday evening.

Nurdin was responding to speculations that a national congress would be held to select a new chairman to replace current chairman, Setya Novanto, who has been implicated in a high-profile corruption scandal related to the e-ID procurement project.

Setya’s alleged role in the case has landed him a travel ban that forbids him from leaving the country by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). This has raised concerns from several party elites and members, who have called for the selection of a new chairman to prevent the party from being impacted by Setya’s graft case.

Echoing Nurdin’s sentiments, Setya told journalists: “Golkar is solid and fine.”

(Read also: Golkar to hold leaders meeting to prepare for 2019 elections)

Golkar is set to hold a national leadership meeting (Rapimnas) slated for May 21-23 in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, with preparations for the legislative and presidential elections as its main focus.

The establishment of Golkar’s election campaign team (Bapilu) will be one of three main issues discussed at the leadership meeting. The two other issues are on regulations for the recruitment of legislative candidates and the establishment of a team to secure and guard ballots during the elections.

Nurdin said Golkar urgently needed to establish a campaign team ahead of the 2019 elections and regulations for legislative candidates because these matters would affect the party's strategy. (ebf)

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