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Anticipating a Jokowi win in Indonesia, rival Golkar party considers switching sides

Published on Jul 15, 2014 7:57 PM
 
Indonesia presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo smiles during an interview with Reuters in Jakarta on July 10, 2014.  Indonesia's likely next leader Joko "Jokowi" Widodo may find a friendlier Parliament to help push through a reform agenda in South-east Asia's largest economy, as several members of the second-largest party consider joining his camp. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's likely next leader Joko "Jokowi" Widodo may find a friendlier Parliament to help push through a reform agenda in South-east Asia's largest economy, as several members of the second-largest party consider joining his camp.

About 10 top officials from the Golkar party said at a Tuesday news briefing that it should drop support for Mr Joko's rival, former general Prabowo Subianto, and back Mr Joko if the Jakarta governor is declared winner of last week's disputed election.

Both candidates claimed victory in the July 9 election, the closest ever in the world's third-biggest democracy and most populous Muslim nation. The Elections Commission is due to announce the official result around July 22.

The defection of members of Golkar to Mr Joko could be pivotal for him as it could give him a majority in Parliament. Without Golkar, those supporting Mr Joko command less than 40 per cent of the seats.

 
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