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Jakarta Post

Fall, rise of nation's largest party

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 9, 2019   /  10:14 am
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The logo of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is displayed during the opening ceremony of the fifth PDI-P congress in Sanur, Bali, on Thursday. The congress is taking place from Aug. 8 to 11.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono )

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has been at the center of the country’s political scene ever since the 2014 general election, and it is likely to maintain — if not expand — its power for the next five years. Backing President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s current administration and recent reelection, the PDI-P is the winner of the 2019 legislative election, garnering 19.33 percent of the vote nationwide, which is more than the 18.95 percent it had won in the previous legislative race. The party is now on course to get the House of Representatives’ speaker seat, and it is likely to secure more positions in Jokowi’s second-term Cabinet than any other party in the government coalition. The PDI-P, which used to be a small opposition party during Soeharto’s New Order era, now has such a strong position that it has eve...