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Jakarta Post

Democrat revolt brews against Yudhoyono clan

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Budi Sutrisno


Jakarta   /   Fri, March 5 2021   /  01:00 am
Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, son of Democratic Party patron Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono the current chairman of the party, gives a motivational speech to fellow cadres in West Kalimantan in 2019.(Antara/Jessica Helena Wuysang)

Political strife in the Democratic Party has intensified in recent weeks, with a group of senior party members pushing for an end to the powerful Yudhoyono family’s stranglehold on the blue party. The internal conflict in Indonesia’s largest opposition party was made public early last month when party chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the eldest son of party patriarch and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), accused an unnamed State Palace official of complicity in a deliberate attempt to unseat him from the party leadership. The statement is believed to have been directed at Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, who acknowledged meeting with several party members but denied taking any part in what Agus called an “attempted coup” against him. The political squabble, however, took a new twist on Thursday after Democratic Party executive Andi A...