IO, Jakarta – The struggle for the Functional Group (Golongan Karya – “Golkar”)’s General Chairmanship continues to heat up, despite official elections not scheduled to be held until December 2019. Even months before the event, several candidates for Chairmen have announced their intent to run. Airlangga Hartarto, Incumbent General Chairman, and Bambang Susatyo are the most talked-up candidates.
Responding to the contest for Golkar, Vice Chairman of the Party’s Honorary Council Akbar Tanjung said that both candidates have strong support. However, he believes that the incumbent has more support in the contest. Many have openly declared their support of Airlangga to return as the General Chairman. “What I know is that the incumbent has strong support. Some have even declared it openly,” Akbar said on Friday (16/08/2019).
However, Akbar admitted that people are waiting for the results of Golkar’s National Assembly to determine the next General Chairman. Akbar simply expresses his hope that the next General Chairman would be able to return Golkar to its glory. Even though Golkar won the Legislative Elections in 2004, the number of votes – and naturally, seats – that it has decreased term after term. In the 2019 Elections, Golkar won only 85 seats, fewer than the previous period of 91 seats. The one with the most parliamentary seats this term is the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan – “PDIP”) with 128 seats, while the third-place holder is the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerakan Indonesia Raya – “Gerindra”) Party with 78 seats. “Thank goodness that Golkar is still in the top three this time, but our number of votes went down. This makes me wonder how we can get more votes for Golkar,” Akbar said. (Dan)