Proxy fight

Kompas – December 3, 2014
Proxy fight

A power struggle inside Suharto’s former ruling party Golkar is seen as a proxy fight between New Order general Prabowo Subianto’s Red and White Coalition (KMP) and the parties backing President Widodo’s government in parliament. Under the leadership of business tycoon Aburizal Bakrie (left), the party symbolised by the banyan tree has positioned itself as the backbone of the KMP, but senior members represented by Agung Laksono (right) want to end Bakrie’s reign and join Widodo’s coalition in the hope of receiving cabinet seats.