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Jakarta Post

Political parties reach out to young people for regeneration

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 23 2019   /  12:13 am

With the old guard still controlling major political parties, questions have arisen over whether political regeneration is taking place within the parties. But Indonesian politics is by no means a world for older people only. The decades-old Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), for example, has tried to attract younger generations of budding politicians through an internship program called Banteng Muda (Young Bull), referring to the party’s symbol.The program, which also aims to regenerate the party, is open to university graduates from various backgrounds. Selected interns are assigned to assist members of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) for a number of functions.According to PDI-P faction chairman Gembong Warsono, the internship program was also designed to introduce the younger generations to senior legislative members and to a variety of legislation to improve co...