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Jakarta Post

New Order nostalgia not enough to put Soeharto family in House

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 9, 2019   /  11:11 am
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Berkarya Party chairman Hutomo Mandala Putra alias Tommy Soeharto (second left), the party's secretary-general Priyo Budi Santoso (second right) and Titiek Soerharto (center) pose for a picture after a press conference in Bantul, Yogyakarta, in this file photo. (Antara/Andreas Fitri Atmoko)

Despite lingering nostalgia in some quarters for the New Order era, the Berkarya Party, the party of former president Soeharto’s children, has failed to get into the national legislature. The Berkarya Party was founded in 2016 by Soeharto’s youngest son Hutomo “Tommy” Mandala Putra, who left Soeharto’s former political vehicle Golkar in 2016 after a failed bid for the party chairmanship. Tommy’s older sister Siti Hediati Hariyadi, better known as Titiek Soeharto, also left Golkar in 2018 to join Berkarya. According to the General Elections Commission's (KPU) official result announcement, Berkarya garnered 2.9 million votes or 2.09 percent of the national legislative vote, falling short of the 4 percent needed to obtain seats in the House of Representatives. Despite being forced to resign following massive protests and rioting across the...