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Indonesia's Golkar faction rejects permanent coalition agreement

A faction within Indonesia’s Golkar on Tuesday rejected the signing of a permanent coalition agreement. Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto had made his seven-party coalition a permanent one in the country’s next parliament.

JAKARTA: A faction within Indonesia’s Golkar - which forms a large part of the Merah-Putih coalition - on Tuesday rejected the signing of a permanent coalition agreement. Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto had made his seven-party coalition a permanent one in the country’s next parliament.

They claimed the move is against the party's constitution. Led by a number of senior cadres, the faction called on Golkar to hold a national meeting to replace its chairman Aburizal Bakrie.

The faction is instead supporting Prabowo’s rival in the presidential race - Joko Widodo and his running mate Jusuf Kalla.

Fahi Idris, senior member of Golkar, said: "Certainly, the situation will change if Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla win. The composition of the coalition will change. The party's support will change and the party's leadership too will change.”

The faction has been gathering support from Golkar leaders across the country to hold the national meeting in October, before the new president is sworn in.

Golkar - which has almost 50 years in running the bureaucracy - has never been out of the government.

If the faction supporting Widodo wins, it will ensure the party remains in the government. It will also bolster House support for Widodo's presidency - if the Jakarta governor wins the election.

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