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Jakarta Post

Luhut paves way for Airlangga

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 4, 2019   /  08:28 am
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People's Representatives Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo (left) shakes hands with incumbent Golkar Party chairman Airlangga Hartarto. Both will compete in the upcoming race for the party's top post.( ANTARA / Nova Wahyudi)

Hours before the Golkar Party's National Congress in Jakarta on Tuesday night, the party's stalwarts held a meeting at the Office of Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan. The meeting — seen by many as symbolic of the role played by State Palace operatives in the power struggle within the nation's second largest party — resulted in the withdrawal of Bambang Soesatyo from the race for the party's top leadership post. Bambang was the strongest challenger to incumbent chairman Airlangga Hartarto. His withdrawal practically sealed the win for Airlangga, the coordinating economic minister in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's Indonesia Onward Cabinet. The President is said to have favored Airlangga over Bambang, with Luhut, a powerful Jokowi ally and a senior Golkar politician, playing a decisive role in convinc...