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Indonesia's Golkar party chairman, ex-general agree for coalition
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16:10, April 24, 2009

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Chairman of Golkar Party Jusuf Kalla and chairman of People's Conscience Party (Hati nurani or Hanura) former general Wirantro on Friday agreed to build a coalition for presidential poll on July 8.

The agreement was made after a meeting between the two leaders at the Golkar headquarters here.

The parties also agreed to extend the coalition with some other parties, Kalla said after the meeting. On Thursday evening, Kalla met with leaders of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), discussing plan for coalition, after the collapsed of coalition plan with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno's party.

"We are agreed to build coalition with other parties," said Kalla.

Non of 38 political parties contesting at the legislative poll sat April 9 got a single majority, according to quick count surveys, meaning that a coalition is needed to field presidential candidate.

Only President Susilo's party got around 20 percent votes, the most among other parties. The country's law required at least 20 percent votes or 25 percent seats at the parliament to be able to nominate presidential candidate.

Golkar party post the second position followed by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, according to most of the quick-count surveys.


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