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Jakarta Post

Bambang, Airlangga to face off in congress

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Kurniawan Hari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 22 2019   /  12:22 am

Less than a month before the Golkar Party’s national congress (Munas), Bambang Soesatyo, now the speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), is preparing to challenge incumbent party chairman Airlangga Hartarto.Golkar, the second largest party in the country, will hold its national congress in Jakarta on Dec. 3 to 5 where it will elect a new chairman and discuss several items on its political agenda.Both Bambang and Airlangga have accused each other of violating the agreement they made before Bambang was elected MPR speaker for the 2019 to 2024 legislative term.Both also claim to have secured the majority of the party’s support. There are a total of 559 votes in the Munas, consisting of 514 regencies (DPD II), 34 provinces (DPD 1), 10 mass groups under Golkar and one vote from the central executive board (DPP).“Golkar executives in 33 out of 34 provinces have declared th...