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[COMMENTARY] No heroes or villains in Democratic Party’s latest saga

  • The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 9 2021   /  01:00 am
Participants from the Democratic Party, the ruling President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's party, take part in a parade in Jakarta, on March 15, 2014, to mark the opening of the legislative election campaign in Indonesia. (Agence France Presse/Bay Ismoyo)

There aren’t many heroes in the latest saga rocking the Democratic Party, but plenty of villains seem to be involved, and Indonesia’s democracy is certainly worse off because of the drama. A hostile takeover of a political party’s leadership, with a government official at the helm, certainly takes political chicanery to a whole new level, even by Indonesian standards. But we’ll get to that in a minute. The incumbent leaders of the Democratic Party, chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and the chairman of the party’s supreme council, former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, painted themselves as the victim of a hostile takeover and their eff ort to save the party from outside interference as the fight to defend the country’s democracy. That battle cry could easily ring true and democracy defenders could rally around the Democratic Party — ...