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Opposing camps maintain Democratic Party schism. Experts tip final resolution at court.

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 9, 2021   /  01:36 pm
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Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), the eldest son of Democratic Party patron Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the incumbent party chair, delivers a motivational speech to West Kalimantan Democrat members in 2019.(Antara/Jessica Helena Wuysang)

Infighting continues within the Democratic Party with the opposing camps appearing to stand their ground, and despite the government’s denial that it is taking sides, echoes of past struggles over divided leadership suggest that the dispute may go to court. The opposing camps are split along internal trust lines and led on the one hand by Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the duly elected chairman since the March 2020 party congress, and the other by Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko. The Agus camp is seeking government reaffirmation of the current leadership, while the Moeldoko camp is urging formal recognition of the change in leadership. Moeldoko has denied any involvement in what the Agus camp has called “an attempted coup”. Read also: Revolt brews in Democratic Party against Yudhoyono ‘dynasty’ On Monday, Agus presented to the Law and Human R...