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Coalition parties accept Megawati’s demand for Cabinet posts

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Denpasar   /   Sat, August 10, 2019   /  09:47 am
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Gerindra Party patron Prabowo Subianto (second left) and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri (center) smile while taking a selfie with Megawati's daughter and Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani (second right) on the sidelines of the opening of PDI-P's fifth national congress in Bali on Thursday.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

The cold war has resumed in the ruling coalition backing President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, despite party leaders having met at a political gathering hosted by the dominant Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in Denpasar, Bali. Party matriarch Megawati Soekarnoputri asserted at her party’s national congress that the PDI-P, having won the legislative election in April, wanted more than four Cabinet positions in the President’s next line-up. Other coalition members have not challenged her request, but many object to the idea of opposition party Gerindra joining the government. Party executives said they believed the President would form a proportional Cabinet line-up, meaning the number of seats given to each party would reflect its result in April’s legislative race. The Golkar Party, which shares the runner-up spot with Gerindra, said a...