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Jakarta Post

Kalla, Megawati pledge to build strong government

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Fri, March 13 2009   /  11:12 am

A new duet: Megawati Soekarnoputri (left), chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), and Jusuf Kalla, chairman of Golkar Party, hold up letters of intent following their meeting in Jakarta on Thursday. JP/R. Berto Wedhatama Jusuf Kalla and Megawati Soekarnoputri, the heads  of the country’s two biggest political parties, met Thursday to explore a possible coalition in the presidential election. No coalition deal was reached at the much-awaited summit, but Vice President and Golkar Party chairman Kalla signed an agreement with former president and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati, aimed at building a strong government that would enjoy majority support from the House of Representatives. “Today is our preliminary meeting. There will be follow-up meetings aimed at intensifying communication between the two par...