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Jakarta Post

Golkar unfazed by loss of last Soeharto

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  12:19 am

Siti Hediati Hariyadi, better known as Titiek Soeharto, the second daughter of former president Soeharto, declared her withdrawal from the Golkar Party on Monday, making her the last of the Soeharto clan to leave the party.

She has decided to leave Golkar for the Berkarya Party, which was founded in 2016 by Titiek’s younger brother, Hutomo “Tommy” Mandala Putra, and which will run in the 2019 legislative elections.

Tommy himself is a former Golkar member who left in 2016 after a failed bid for the party chairmanship.

Golkar had been former president Soeharto’s political vehicle from 1971 until the end of his New Order regime in 1998, Titiek had been a member since 2012 and won a House of Representatives seat with the party in 2014.

Golkar remains widely associated with the New Order, with a recent national survey from Jakarta-based pollster Charta Poli...