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Golkar, Gerindra race for MPR post

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 3, 2019   /  09:37 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left), Vice President Jusuf Kalla (center) and then-house speaker Bambang Soesatyo (right) prepare to break the fast at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta in this file photo. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Two large parties in the House of Representatives are battling for control of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) amid a plan to amend the Constitution to grant the legislature greater control over President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's agenda. Bambang Soesatyo of the Golkar Party and Ahmad Muzani of the Gerindra Party are the two candidates vying for the MPR speaker post in a race that may shape the power constellation of the legislature and the upcoming Cabinet of President Jokowi. Political parties in the ruling coalition are divided over their support for Bambang, who has voiced opposition to a plan to amend the Constitution proposed by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the largest party in the House and in Jokowi's coalition. The PDI-P, which has sought greater control over Jokowi’s upcoming Cabinet, has reiterated its plan to a...