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In leading Ummah, Amien Rais breaks ties with PAN

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ghina Ghaliya

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 2, 2020   /  01:18 pm
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National Mandate Party (PAN) founder Amien Rais (left) talks with party chairman Zulkifli Hasan (right), who is also the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker, during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Indonesia's Reform Era at the MPR building in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on May 21. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Former National Mandate Party (PAN) patron Amien Rais, a staunch critic of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, has announced the establishment of his new party, the Ummah Party, formalizing a bitter divorce from the political vehicle he cofounded and grew in 1998. Amien announced the move on YouTube on Thursday, in a move experts see as bringing his new party into clear opposition to the government. In a slight riff aimed at the Jokowi administration, he said the state was capable of “upholding equitability” and committing “colossal tyranny”. “It all depends on the ruling government, whether it defends the interests of the people and ummah [Islamic community], or, on the contrary, defends those of conglomerates and the corporatocracy,” he said in a video post. “Eventually, a community of m...