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Golkar `won't leave' despite standoff with Democrats

  • Bagus BT Saragih and Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 27 2010   /  12:06 pm

The Golkar Party insisted Friday it has no plans to split from the government coalition led by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party despite a political standoff between the parties over the Bank Century bailout inquiry. Golkar deputy secretary-general Rully Chairul Azwar said a two-day meeting in Jakarta, which is attended by party officials from all regional branches, would discuss the party's position in the coalition amid a growing rift with the Democratic Party. Analysts say Golkar's decision to question Vice President Boediono and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati's decision to bail out Bank Century in its final conclusion to the bailout inquiry would be a big blow to the ruling coalition. Golkar deputy chairman Priyo Budi Santoso said Golkar wanted to work with Yudhoyono until 2014. "We have no plans to leave the coalition," he said. Golkar...