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Jakarta Post

Hangabehi takes control of Surakarta palace

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 25 2017   /  12:55 am

Closer to reconciliation: Surakarta Sultan Pakubuwono XIII Hangabehi sits on the throne to watch the “sacred” Bedaya Ketawang dance during the Tingalan Jumenengan event commemorating the anniversary of his crowning at the Surakarta Keraton Palace on Saturday. The ceremony marks the beginning of reconciliation between the sultan and the customary council that has opposed his leadership.(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)The years-long power struggle within the Surakarta sultanate in Central Java, which had intensified in the past weeks, seems to have abated now that Sultan Pakubuwono XIII Hangabehi is finally sitting on the throne.

Hangabehi, who was previously barred from entering the Kasunanan Surakarta Palace, celebrated Tingalan Dalem Jumenengan, the anniversary of the crowning of the Surakarta Sultan, at the palace on Saturday.

The event was attended by hundreds of invitees, inc...