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Jakarta Post

First Lady ‘joins’ chairmanship race

  • Bagus BT Saragih and Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 20 2013   /  08:15 am

Many regional chapters of the Democratic Party have nominated First Lady Ani Yudhoyono as candidate for the party’s chairmanship, amid intense internal struggle within the party ahead of the party’s extraordinary congress later this month.

Democratic Party executives confirmed on Tuesday that many regional party chapters had backed the candidacy of Ani.

“There are at least two reasons Bu Ani should be nominated. First, she served as party deputy chairperson in 2004, so she has the capacity. Second, local party chapters were impressed by Bu Ani when she accompanied her husband in presidential visits to regions,” the head of the Democratic Party faction at the House of Representatives, Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, said.

Nurhayati, however, said that Ani had no intention of running for the party chairmanship. “But the voices of local party chapters should be heard a...