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Jokowi solidifies his position through Golkar leadership election

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, December 6, 2019   /  03:14 pm
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Golkar Party leader Airlangga Hartarto have tea together after a jog at Bogor Palace in West Java in this 2018 file photo. (Courtesy of/Presidential Palace)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is believed to have tightened his hold over the Golkar Party and consolidated his own political position following the re-election of party chairman Airlangga Hartarto during the party’s national congress in Jakarta on Thursday night. Airlangga, the current coordinating minister of economic affairs, was re-elected chairman of the nation’s second-largest party by acclamation after his strongest contender, Bambang Soesatyo, bowed out of the race at the eleventh hour.  Jokowi wanted Airlangga to keep hold of the Golkar leadership, analysts say,  The senior minister is seen as more loyal to the President, who remains a political outsider despite being a card-carrying member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the nation’s largest party, with which he has had disagreements over several key poli...