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Dems relish chance to rule House roost

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 1 2009   /  10:22 am

JP/IrmaWith the combined support of its coalition partners, the Democratic Party will play a key role as the ruling party, as it seeks to create an effective government over the next five years, says a party member.With 148 seats at the 560-seat House of Representatives, and another 169 from its four coalition partners, the Democratic Party looks set to give its chief patron, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a blank check for government policy support, senior member Ruhut Sitompul said Wednesday.He added the party expected the Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), with a combined 200 seats, to join the coalition rather than take an opposition stance.“The new House will be different from the old one, which was opposed to Yudhoyono’s policies, regardless of whether they were good,” he said.“In the next government, the legislative and executive bra...