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Prabowo's Merah-Putih alliance signs permanent coalition agreement

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has made his seven-party coalition a permanent one in the country's next parliament.

JAKARTA: Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has made his seven-party coalition a permanent one in the country's next parliament.

Proclaimed in Jakarta on Monday (July 14), the Merah-Putih coalition has the majority in the House. The Chairman of Indonesia's second largest political party Golkar said it will provide checks and balances on the next administration.

Aburizal Bakrie, chairman of Golkar Party said: "This way we can carry out check and balances. We can make all parties in the Merah-Putih coalition and the other coalition each to have their respective channel to represent their voice. It will strengthen our presidential system."

With its large size, the coalition will have a great impact on the effectiveness of the next administration.

If Mr Prabowo wins the presidential election, he will have strong backing from the parliament, but if his rival Joko Widodo is elected President, the coalition might prove to be a strong opposition.

Most quick count results show Mr Widodo winning the presidency by a slim margin. The official results will be announced on July 22. 

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