Ex-Golkar chief eyes Indonesia's presidency
Fri, Feb 27, 2009
The Straits Times

By Leslie Lopez, South-east Asia Correspondent

JAKARTA: Internal strife in Golkar, Indonesia's largest political organisation, is bubbling to the surface.

Barely a week after Mr Jusuf Kalla, the country's Vice-President, declared that he would seriously consider a bid for the presidency in July's direct elections under the Golkar ticket, the party's former chairman, Mr Akbar Tandjung, has declared that he, too, would consider running.

Mr Tandjung lost the party's chairmanship to Mr Kalla in a closely fought poll in December 2004, less than six months after the nation's first direct presidential election. One of the key issues which divided the two men at that time was the question of whether Golkar should remain in the opposition or join the government of newly elected President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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