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Jakarta Post

Golkar schism: Three more enter chairmanship race as Bambang camp threatens to bolt

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 28, 2019   /  04:07 pm
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Golkar Party members attend the party’s national leadership meeting (Rapimnas) in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan.(Antara/M.Agung Rajasa)

Ahead of the Golkar Party national congress on Dec. 3, three new contenders for the party’s top post have entered the race. They face two candidates who have been competing fiercely from the contest’s outset: Bambang Soesatyo and Airlangga Hartarto. Indra Bambang Utoyo, Ridwan Hisjam and Agun Gunanjar announced their candidacy after Bambang supporters recently threatened to hold a separate national congress. A similar rift emerged in 2014 when the nation’s second-largest party held two separate congresses – one in Jakarta and one in Bali – to elect its chairman following a fierce battle between candidates Aburizal Bakrie and Agung Laksono. Bambang loyalist Victus Murin accused Airlangga and his supporters of violating the party’s rules of association and internal bylaws (AD/ART) by removing Bambang supporters from the congress committee. The...