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Amien Rais prepares new party amid PAN internal rift

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 18 2020   /  12:55 am

National Mandate Party (PAN) patron Amien Rais, known as an outspoken critic of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, is preparing to form a new political party following an internal rift within PAN.

PAN cofounder and former party executive board member Agung Mozin told The Jakarta Post on Friday that Amien’s new party would accommodate groups that were critical of the government. Amien, a PAN icon, lost his influence in the party after his leadership candidates lost to current party chairman Zulkifli Hasan.

“We call on government critics, no matter who the government is, not limited to the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin administration, all elements of society that have the same concerns as us, to join the new party,” Agung said of the plans for the new political party.

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