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Indonesia: Ruling party to take in Golkar ino coalition

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has confirmed the Golkar Party's inclusion in a coalition in support of the new government, as he gets set to vet candidates for the next Cabinet on Thursday, the Jakarta Post reported.

The President also said a potential partnership between his Democratic Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) had ended with the election of PDI-P chief patron Taufik Kiemas as People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker, and that it would not continue either in the government or at the House of Representatives.

Yudhoyono said new Golkar chairman Aburizal Bakrie had expressed Golkar's willingness to stay in the government and extend its coalition with the Democratic Party in parliament.

"So as of tonight, our coalition consists of six parties," Yudhoyono said at a press conference at his private residence in Cikeas, West Java, on Wednesday.

The parties in the coalition are the Democratic Party, Golkar, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the United Development Party (PPP) and the National Awakening Party (PKB).

All the parties except Golkar supported Yudhoyono's bid for the presidency, while Golkar joined forces with the People’s Conscience Party (Gerindra) to nominate then Golkar chairman Jusuf Kalla as its presidential candidate. The PDI-P teamed up with the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) to nominate its chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri.

"Of course I respect the PDI-P, Gerindra and Hanura for opting not to join with us,” Yudhoyono said. “I’ve heard some of them won’t form an opposition bloc."


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