The Jakarta Post
The National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Zulkifli Hasan says that his party has officially joined the ruling Great Indonesian Coalition (KIH) and left the Red and While Coalition (KMP). His statement was made after meeting with President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo at the State Palace on Wednesday.
'Today, we declare that we will join, since previously we were only supporting. We are ready to succeed in carrying out government programs,' Zulkifli told journalists in a press conference as reported by kompas.com.
Accompanying Zulkifli at the press conference were PAN secretary-general Eddy Soeparno, PAN Advisory Council chairman Sutrisno Bachir and Hanura Party chairman Wiranto.
Zulkifli said he talked to members of the Advisory Council and other internal elements of the party before making the decision to join the ruling collation.
'It is in the interest of Indonesia, not individuals or groups,' he said, adding that since the global economy started slowing down, it was now time for PAN to help the government solve this problem.
With PAN joining KIH, the ruling collation now has six parties: the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the NasDem Party, the National Awakening Party (PKB), the Hanura Party, PAN and the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party.
Meanwhile, the Red and While Coalition, which supported the losing presidential candidate, Prabowo Subiantio, now only has four members: the Golkar Party, the Gerindra Party, the United Development Party (PPP) and the Justice and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). (bbn)(++++)