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Jakarta Post

MPR leadership race turns enemies into friends, friends into enemies

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 2, 2019   /  03:16 pm
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Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) leader Megawati Sukarnoputri and her aides hold a meeting with Gerindra Party leader Prabowo Subianto at her residence in Jakarta on July 24.(PDIP/Staff PDIP)

Before the April 17 election, it was virtually unthinkable for the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) to join forces with the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) to achieve a shared political goal. The PDI-P is a leading ruling party with a strong base of nationalist voters, while the PKS is the largest Islamist party that has for years served as an outspoken critic of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a PDI-P member. The bitter and divisive presidential election—which pitted Jokowi against PKS-backed Prabowo —may seem to have deepened their enmity. But recent political developments have once again shown that in politics, there are no permanent allies, no permanent enemies—only permanent interests. In recent weeks, the PDI-P and the PKS have been intensifying lobbying for a possible political alliance at the legislative bodies. The PDI-P is...