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All eyes on Jokowi's response to split in opposition party

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has yet to comment on the crisis. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been caught in a showdown between two former military generals over who leads the nation's top opposition party, and his response will reflect his commitment to democracy, analysts say.

Dr Moeldoko, the president's chief of staff and a retired army general, was named chairman of the Democratic Party in an extraordinary congress in North Sumatra province last Friday (March 5), ousting Mr Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the son of Mr Joko's predecessor, Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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