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Jakarta Post

Golkar race: Airlangga gains upper hand over Bambang

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 3, 2019   /  07:05 am
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Golkar party chairman Airlangga Hartarto (left) submits documents to Golkar election committee chairman Maman Abdurrahman (right) on Monday, Dec. 2. The incumbent chairman is seeking reelection during the party's national congress, which will be held in Jakarta from Dec 3 to 6.(Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

With the two leading candidates for the Golkar Party's top posts primed to duke it out at the party's national congress on Tuesday, incumbent Airlangga Hartarto seems to have gained the upper hand over his main challenger Bambang Soesatyo. Airlangga, who is also the coordinating economic minister in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second-term Cabinet, has claimed to have secured 90 percent support, equal to around 514 of the 559 votes in the congress. For the past few days, he has been visiting various regions to gather support, with candidates required to obtain written statements of support from 30 percent of the party's regency and provincial-level branches. He also held a meeting with Regional Representative Council (DPD) leaders and several senior party figures on Monday evening including Aburizal Bakrie, Agung Laksono, Akbar Tandjung, forme...