The Jakarta Post
Golkar party chairman Agung Laksono says the party will exit the Red-and-White Coalition in order to take a more supportive role in assisting the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla government.
Despite exiting the coalition of opposition parties that supported Prabowo Subianto during the 2014 presidential election, Agung said Golkar would not automatically join the ruling Great Indonesia Coalition.
'We declare our exit from the Red-and-White Coalition. We are in no coalition. We only want to create a conducive political climate by joining forces with the current government,' Agung said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co.
As a consequence, Golkar will not attend any meetings or national assemblies of the Red-and-White Coalition.
Agung Laksono was officially declared Golkar chairman on Tuesday after Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H Laoly issued a decree certifying Agung's leadership, ending a bitter dispute between Agung and former Golkar chairman Aburizal Bakrie, who had also claimed the Golkar chairmanship.
The two factions staged separate party assemblies, with Aburizal and his supporters holding one in Bali and Agung and his supporters staging theirs in Jakarta, effectively dividing the party into rival camps.
Yasonna's decree also stated that Agung's faction must accommodate the party cadres that supported Aburizal Bakrie, as decided by Golkar's executive court.
'We urge all cadres to respect this decision,' Agung added. (dyl/nfo)(+++)
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