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Agus’ takeover of leadership opportunity for party consolidation: Experts

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, March 16, 2020   /  07:13 pm
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Standing firm: Democratic Party executive Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono gives his speech during the closing ceremony of the party's 2018 national leadership meeting at Sentul International Convention Center (SICC), Bogor, West Java, on March 11.(Antara/Arif Firmansyah)

The handover of Democratic Party leadership from former party chairman and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to his eldest son Agus Hartimurti Yudhoyono is an opportunity for the party to consolidate and prepare for the upcoming 2024 election, observers have said.  Agus was elected as the new party chairman to replace his father after a plenary session in the party’s fifth national congress in Jakarta on Sunday. He entered the political arena in 2016 when he ran for the governorship of Jakarta, with Sylviana Murni as his running mate, marking a career shift after 16 years in the military. Agus had served as the party’s deputy chairman since October 2019.  “The regeneration [of leadership] is a good thing to do now because it will take a long time to manage the party under AHY’s leadership and to develop a strategy to gain public support ...