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Jakarta Post

Soeharto's daughter drops out of Golkar race

  • Kharishar Kahfi and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 19, 2017   /   01:30 pm
Soeharto's daughter drops out of Golkar race Daughter of former president Soeharto, who currently serves as member of the House of Representatives said on Dec. 18, 2017 that she dropped out of the race for Golkar leadership. (Tribun News/Richard Susilo)

The daughter of former president Soeharto, Siti Hadijati "Titiek" Soeharto, has confirmed that she has dropped out of the race for the Golkar Party's top position.

When asked late on Monday whether she would join the race for the party's chairmanship position, Titiek said: "There's no need [to hold a race]. Everything's unanimously been agreed upon."

Titiek said she would throw her support behind the newly-elected chairman Airlangga Hartanto.

"If Pak Airlangga needs me, I'm ready to join his board," Titiek said.

Titiek recently declared her intention to contest for Golkar's top post, claiming that many people wanted to see the "Cendana family" of Soeharto return to party's leadership.

Former president Soeharto was the central figure in the party when he ruled the country for more than three decades under an authoritarian regime.

In his speech at the Golkar extraordinary congress on Monday, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo urged all members to  support  Airlangga, who is also Industry Minister in his cabinet.