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Government puts foot down in Democrat schism, deals political blow to Moeldoko

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, April 5, 2021   /  04:34 pm
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Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko (right) speaks during the Deli Serdang congress held by a splinter group from the Democratic Party on March 5, 2021 in North Sumatra. Members of the splinter group had objected to last year’s chairmanship election of Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the eldest son of party founder and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and a relative political newcomer, and instead selected incumbent Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, a party outsider, as their preferred chairman.(Antara/Endi Ahmad)

Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko has been dealt a blow to his standing after the government last week refused to recognize him as the legitimate chairman of the Democratic Party in the party’s ongoing internal dispute. Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly conveyed the government’s decision to reject Moeldoko’s claim to the Democratic chairmanship at a press conference on March 31 due to his supporting camp’s failure to fulfill the necessary administrative requirements by their deadline. The splinter group, comprising several senior party members who have since been ousted, held a congress last month in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, to name party outsider Moeldoko as the new Democratic Party chairman. Yasonna said the ministry referred to the party statutes and rules of association from the Democratic Party’s 2020 national congress a...