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Jakarta Post

Puan likely to be strongest candidate for House speaker

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 16 2019   /  12:16 am

Puan Maharani, the coordinating human development and culture minister and daughter of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri, has been touted as the strongest candidate to assume the role of House of Representatives speaker for the 2019-2024 period.According to quick counts and vote tally tabulation, the PDI-P is set to be the party with the largest number seats at the House and thus be entitled to the speakership post as per the 2018 Legislative Institutions ( MD3 ) Law.“A House speaker has to have a certain set of skills and competencies and it only makes sense to nominate Puan as the strongest candidate,” PDI-P executive and lawmaker Hendrawan Supratikno said on Tuesday.Puan ran in the East Java electoral district and is said to have garnered the most votes compared with other legislative candidates from the PDI-P.“Thank God, according...