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Agus Yudhoyono elected as Democratic Party chairman

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 15, 2020   /   06:16 pm
Agus Yudhoyono elected as Democratic Party chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono gives a motivational speech to Democratic Party cadres in West Kalimantan in 2019. (Antara/Jessica Helena Wuysang)

Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the eldest son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has been elected as the Democratic Party’s new chairman by acclamation on Sunday, following in his father’s footsteps.

The decision was made after a plenary session, held during the party’s fifth national congress in Jakarta, conducted a verification and declared Agus eligible to become the party’s new chairman.

“That’s right, [he was] elected by acclamation,” said Democratic Party executive Ferdinand Hutahaean, as quoted by kompas.com on Sunday.

During the registration of his candidacy, AHY had already received 93 percent of the votes from the party’s regional executive boards (DPD) and branch executive boards (DPC).

AHY is the fifth politician to hold the position after Subur Budhisantoso helmed the party from 2001 to 2005, Hadi Utomo from 2005 to 2010, Anas Urbaningrum from 2010 to 2013 and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from 2013 to 2020.

Agus had served as the party’s deputy chairman since October 2019 after his duties as the party’s joint election command chief ended following the 2019 general election.

Many observers have said Agus may run for president in 2024. (asp)