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Without Jokowi's favor, PAN sits on the fence ahead of regional polls

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Jakarta   /   Sun, February 16, 2020   /  11:35 am
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PAN chairman Zulkifli Hasan (second from right), senior PAN politician Hatta Rajasa and several other PAN members gather amid a clash at the party's national congress in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, on Feb. 11.(Antara/Jojon)

After a raucous congress last week, Zulkifli Hasan has secured his second term as National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman. But the shift in political landscape caused by the general election and formation of a new government coalition may bring a new journey for the party that had been part of the government during the first term of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Zulkifli, who has become the first chairman to serve two periods in the party, said PAN would neither become part of the government coalition nor the opposition. “I did not support Pak Jokowi [in the 2019 election], so we cannot join [the government], let us be,” he said on Wednesday while closing the congress in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi as quoted by Antara. He said the party would become “a critical partner” that would provide solutions for the country’s p...