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Jakarta Post

Golkar eyes big prize in 2019 poll

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 23 2018   /  12:26 am

Slimming down: Golkar Party chairman Airlangga Hartarto (right), accompanied by secretary-general Lodewijk Freidrich Paulus, announces the party’s new board members in Jakarta on Monday. The new board has seen a reduction in number from 305 to 251.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)After months-long internal strife, the Golkar Party’s new leadership has taken steps to consolidate power within the party and set a target of attaining greater electoral gains in the 2019 general elections.

On Monday, newly elected party chairman Airlangga Hartarto, who took office last month after replacing Setya Novanto, unveiled a new line-up for the party’s central board that included a retired army general who once headed the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus).

Airlangga assigned Lt. Gen. (ret) Lodewijk Freidrich Paulus the position of secretary-general, the party’s second-most important position. ...