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Jakarta Post

Golkar branches disown Kalla and Wiranto

  • The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Tue, May 5 2009   /  10:01 am

Regional branches of the Golkar Party are refusing to acknowledge the pairing of chairman Jusuf Kalla with head of the People’s Consience Party (Hanura) Wiranto as candidates for July’s presidential election. Chairmen from various branches are demanding the party hold an extraordinary meeting to ask for an explanation from Kalla on the party’s failure to win the legislative election, which could lead to Kalla’s unseating. “Their declaration does not comply with the party’s internal mechanisms. The chairman should have consulted with all the party’s stakeholders before making any crucial and strategic decisions,” Golkar’s Malang regency chairman, Aris Budjonegoro, said at the House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker’s office in Jakarta on Monday. “Therefore, along with the other regional branch heads, I am here to meet with Agung Laksono to express our...