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Moeldoko splits Democratic Party, poses threat to SBY's ascendancy

  • Budi Sutrisno and Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Sibolangit, North Sumatra   /   Sat, March 6, 2021   /  10:32 am
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Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko (right) delivers a speech during an extraordinary congress held by several Democratic Party members at a hotel in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra on March 5, 2021. Moeldoko was elected party leader by senior Democratic Party members opposed to the leadership of Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono.(Antara/Endi Ahmad)

The political turmoil rocking the Democratic Party has morphed into a showdown between two former military generals: former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) and Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, who now claims to be the legitimate leader of the nation’s largest opposition party. Moeldoko, who served as the Indonesian Military commander during the latter days of Yudhoyono’s presidency, was elected party leader by senior Democratic Party members opposed to the leadership of Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, who has — at least until recently — represented the Yudhoyono clan’s stranglehold on the party. The anti-SBY camp held an extraordinary congress at a hotel in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Friday, confirming allegations made by Democratic Party executive Andi Arief, a Yudhoyono loyalist, in a series of tweets on Thursday, shortly before his Twit...