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Jakarta Post

Taufik Kiemas elected MPR chairman

  • The Jakarta Post


  /   Sun, October 4 2009   /  11:57 am

After a difficult political negotiation including a walkout from the majority of regional representatives, the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) eventually elected on Saturday Taufik Kiemas as its chairman for the 2009-2014 period. The highest lawmaking institution also elected four deputies, namely Melani L. Suhardi of the Democratic Party, Haryanto Tohari of the Golkar Party, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin of the United Development Party (PPP) and Ahmad Farhan Hamid of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD). Taufik, chief patron of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), was expected to win the chairmanship bid after his party won support from Golkar and the Democratic Party-led coalition comprising the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the PPP, the National Awakening Party (PKB) and National Mandate Party (PAN), as well as the People's Conscience Party (Hanura) an...