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Jakarta Post

For the government, Agus is still the legitimate Democratic Party chairman

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 7, 2021   /  09:26 pm
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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. Moeldoko was elected party leader by senior Democratic Party members opposed to the leadership of Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono.(Antara/Endi Ahmad)

The government said it does not recognize the appointment of Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko as Democratic Party chairman by a group of senior members at an extraordinary congress in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Friday. Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said on Saturday that the government would observe on the legitimacy of the extraordinary congress’ result if the splinter group files formal documents regarding a change in official party leadership currently led by Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. “Only then can the government say whether this [new chairmanship] is legitimate and if [the congress] was held in accordance with the party’s constitution […], among other issues," Mahfud said. “The legitimate party structure [as acknowledged by] the governm...