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Tainted Setya seeks to boost party’s image, focus on reconciliation

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 18 2016   /  09:25 am
Friends again?: Golkar chairman-elect Setya Novanto (right) has rival Ade Komarudin congratulate him on winning the election during the party congress in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday. Setya received 277 votes to Ade’s 173.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)(right) has rival Ade Komarudin congratulate him on winning the election during the party congress in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday. Setya received 277 votes to Ade’s 173.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

Friends again?: Golkar chairman-elect Setya Novanto (right) has rival Ade Komarudin congratulate him on winning the election during the party congress in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday. Setya received 277 votes to Ade’s 173.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)The Golkar Party’s national congress ended Tuesday with new chairman Setya Novanto vowing to focus on internal reconciliation to win regional elections next year and improve the party’s declining image.

Boosting the party’s image looks to be a tough task for Setya, considering the low level of his own image, particularly after the Freeport Indonesia scandal, in which he allegedly used the name of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in a bid to acquire shares in the gold and copper mining company.

The scandal cost Setya his position as House of Representatives speaker after a public outcry, with many calling for his resignation.