Five More Years for Megawati as PDI-P Reelects Party Matriarch
Jakarta. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle national congress re-elected Megawati Soekarnoputri to be the party’s chairwoman on Thursday.
“We declaring by acclamation that Megawati Soekarnoputri is PDI-P chairwoman for 2015-2020,” PDI-P senior politician, Frans Lebu Raya, told the congress in Sanur, Bali.
The announcement was welcomed with cheers and applause by hundreds of PDI-P members attending the congress.
“One more time, thank you for your trust,” Megawati told delegates. “If I am to be here until 2020, please pray for my health so I can carry out my duty as a chairwoman.”
Former president Megawati founded the party in 1999 and has chaired it ever since.
PDI-P cadres have repeatedly said that the Bali congress was only held to reaffirm Megawati’s position as the chairwoman and was never intended to be a political contest to elect a new leader.
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Source: The Jakarta Globe