Meredeka palace, Jakarta
In the end of 2014, one and half years ago soon after President election was over, the political parties in Indonesia divided in to two groups. The first group were Coalition of KIH*) belong to the ruling party along with its ally. The opponent were coalition of KMP*) under Golkar and its ally.
In short period of time, PAN, a Moslem party leaving KMP and joint the first group after elected a new party leader. The old party leader was former Vice President candidate, Mr.Hatta Rajasa who couple with Prabowo Subiyanto competitor of recent President Jokowidodo - Jusuf Kalla.
Mr. Hatta Rajasa was brother in law of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The other party, a Moslem party, PPP jointed the first group too after its leader put in jail of corruption case. He was former Religious minister under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The last party, Golkar jointed the ruling party, the first group after two fractions held National special meeting late May 2016 and announced will back up the Government completely. Golkar new elected leader is Setya Novanto, who conflicted with President Jokowi - Jusuf Kalla when Setya Novanto taped used President's name illegally in share division plan of P.T.Freeport, giant American gold mining company in Papua island.
Now the second Group, KMP leaved only 2 parties, Gerindra and PKS after the 3 paries jointed the ruling party group. Gerindra was under former army General Prabowo Subiyanto, son in law of former 2nd President Soeharto. While PKS was a Moslem party, a tough critical, mostly younger generation members.
Recently ruling party group become bigger and bigger to support the Government under President Jokowi - Jusuf Kalla. Just in 1 and half year, political climate more conducive to pursue the Government programs. Parliament members would easily under control of the Government. In this circumtance, Indonesian politic climate more conducive, under control.
The interesting to pay attention, among other thing is a political motto : "No eternal enemies except eternal opportunities". The question is why the 2nd big party in the country, Golkar party change their mind jointed the ruling party ? The answer is the opportunities lay ahead. The new Government concentrated the programs to build huge Infrastructure included tool roads, rail ways, harbors, shipping, dams. Golkar, PAN and PPP wish to get the opportunities involved in such huge project all over the country.
They approached the Government if possible got the opportunities to be a Cabinet member too in order to get the opportunities easier. But Jokowi kept silence, no words of Cabinet reshuffle in the near future. He appreciated the 1st group, KIH who back up him in the first place.
The other interesting to know are that Coordinator Minister Luhut Panjaitan, who very close to Jokowi backed up Setya Novanto became Golkar party compete with his competitor, the House speaker who backed up by Vice President. Both of them, Luhut Panjaitan and Jusuf Kalla was former high officials of Golkar party too.
Meanwhile Luhut Panjaitan and Setya Novanto, a new Golkar leader was mentioned many times in FREEPORT mining company share case. In this case President very upset about Setya Novanto who used his name illegally in share division. Citizen then confused about this matter, The case not yet clear up until today even the case handle by Supreme prosecutor general.
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*) KIH, Koalisi Indonesia Hebt. KMP, Koalisi Merah Putih