Coalitions Pledge To Work In Harmony


The two opposing camps at the House of Representatives agreed on Monday to work in harmony for the sake of the Indonesian people that voted for them in April’s legislative election.

Golkar Party secretary-general Idrus Marham, who represented his party, which leads the opposition Red-and-White Coalition, met Pramono Anung Wibowo and Olly Dondokambey, two senior members of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the leader of the ruling Great Indonesia Coalition.

The meeting was held on Monday afternoon at the office of House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto, who is also Golkar treasurer.

Idrus revealed that both coalitions had committed to improving the House’s performance after more than a week of paralysis due to a struggle over the control of commissions and internal bodies.

“We promise that within a day or two, everything will be settled. Matters will be finalized during a plenary session [of the House] on Thursday,” Idrus said.

As well as promising to work in harmony, the two coalitions agreed that both camps would be represented in the chairmanships of the 16 commissions and internal bodies.

They have also decided to revise the 2014 Legislative Institutions Law (MD3) and internal House regulation during Thursday’s plenary session to allow the increase of deputy chair positions from the existing three posts to four.

Pramono, who has been very active in efforts to bring an end to the deadlock, said he expected the amendment of the two guidelines to be completed before Dec. 5.

“The deal is to respect each other. This will be reflected in the final structure of the House’s internal bodies, which will include both the Red-and-White Coalition and the Great Indonesia Coalition,” Pramono said after Monday’s meeting.

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Both Idrus and Pramono said there would be no additional House commissions or internal bodies.

Meanwhile, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said he supported every decision the two camps made during the negotiations.

“Alhamdulillah [Praise God] it [the unity] is what [we were] expecting all this time […] so that the House can become an example for the people,” said Kalla, who is also a former Golkar chairman.



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