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PKS stands firm as lone opposition as Dems, PAN waver

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 24, 2019   /  09:25 am
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The Indonesia Onward Cabinet on Wednesday. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

When President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the lineup of his second-term Cabinet on Wednesday, political observers pointed out that the President may have decided to keep his enemies closer with the naming of his rival in the election, Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, as defense minister. The unveiling also showed that three of the nine major political parties had not been included in the new administration: the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the Democratic Party and the National Mandate Party (PAN). The three parties obtained only 148 of the total 575 seats in the House of Representatives, with the Dems getting 54 seats, the PKS 50 seats and PAN 44. In contrast, the ruling coalition, which includes the newly joined Gerindra, controls 427 seats in the legislature, or around 74.26 percent. Of the three, only the PKS is determined to continue its role as a...