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Indonesia: Golkar’s New President: Better Coordination with the Government?

On 17 May, after an overnight deliberation, the Golkar party’s extraordinary congress (Munaslub) chose its new president and therefore policy objectives. Setya Novanto, the former speaker of the DPR, managed to edge out his closest rival, Ade Komaruddin, to become the party’s chairman until 2019. Novanto received 277 votes compared to Komaruddin’s 173 and 48 for the next contender, Aziz Syamsuddin. Although the election rules enabled Komaruddin to challenge Novanto to a second round of voting, party elders convinced him to refrain from doing so to maintain party cohesion.

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