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After failed MPR bid, Gerindra takes another shot at next Jokowi Cabinet

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, October 6, 2019   /  08:59 am
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Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chief Megawati Soekarnoputri (center) poses for a picture with her daughter and fellow party politician Puan Maharani (right) and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto (left) during the PDI-P's national congress in Denpasar, Bali, on Aug. 8.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

Following its failure to secure control over the People’s Representatives Assembly (MPR), the Gerindra Party has returned to bargaining for posts in the next Cabinet of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in its latest attempt to maintain a strong presence on the national political scene. Finishing second in the April legislative election, behind the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the party led by Prabowo Subianto has lost its MPR speaker post to the Golkar Party, which gained slightly less of the vote in the legislative race. The assembly, which consists of members of the House of Representatives and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), has agreed to appoint Golkar’s Bambang Soesatyo as MPR speaker, after no parties showed support for Ahmad Muzani of Gerindra. Ahmad withdrew his candidacy after Prabowo himself had told him to give...