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PKS teams up with Soeharto-clan party to counter Jokowi coalition

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, November 20, 2019   /  05:59 pm
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Stronger together: Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chairman Sohibul Iman (left) shakes hands with Berkarya Party chairman Hutomo Mandala Putra after their meeting at the PKS headquarters in Jakarta on Tuesday. (Antara Foto /Sigid Kurniawan)

The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) knows that being the sole opposition party to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's administration is a huge political risk, therefore, the Islamic party has joined forces with the Berkarya Party – led by the children of former president Soeharto – to form a stronger power outside the government. Soeharto’s youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra, better known as Tommy Soeharto, is the Berkarya Party founder and chairman. Meanwhile, his sister, Siti "Titiek" Hediati Hariyadi chairs the party’s advisory board. The PKS welcomed Tommy, Titiek and Berkarya Party executives to its headquarters in the TB Simatupang area of South Jakarta on Tuesday. After the one-hour meeting, the two parties agreed to be "an alternative voice amid the consolidated political power" now that their former ally the G...