Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle
|Founded||30 July 1998|
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The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (Indonesian: Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan, PDI-P) is an Indonesian political party, and the party of the current president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.
The PDI-P was founded and is currently led by Megawati Sukarnoputri, president of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004, and daughter of Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia. Megawati was forced out from the leadership of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) by the government of Indonesia under Suharto in 1996. Megawati formed the PDI-P in 1999, after Suharto resigned and restrictions on political parties were lifted.
The party's centre-left ideology is based on the official Indonesian national philosophy, Pancasila incorporating elements of both liberalism and social democracy. It is a member of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats and Progressive Alliance.
- 1 Origins
- 2 History
- 2.1 1999 Legislative Elections
- 2.2 1999 People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) General Session
- 2.3 2000 Party Congress
- 2.4 PDI-P during Wahid's Presidency
- 2.5 Further splits within the party
- 2.6 2004 Legislative Elections
- 2.7 2004 Presidential Elections
- 2.8 2005 Party Congress
- 2.9 2009 Legislative Election
- 2.10 2009 Presidential Election
- 2.11 2014 Presidential Election
- 3 Party policies and program
- 4 Chairperson
- 5 Election results
- 6 External links
- 7 References
At the 1993 National Congress, Megawati Sukarnoputri was elected Chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party, one of the three political parties recognised by President Suharto's "New Order" government. This result was not recognised by the government, which continued to push for Budi Harjono, its preferred candidate for the chairpersonship, to be elected. A Special Congress was held where the Government expected to have Harjono elected, but Megawati once again emerged as elected leader. Her position was consolidated further when a PDI National Assembly ratified the results of the congress.
In June 1996, another National Congress was held in the city of Medan, to which Megawati was not invited; anti-Megawati members were in attendance. With the government's backing, Suryadi, a former hairperson was re-elected as PDI's Chairperson. Megawati refused to acknowledge the results of this congress and continued to see herself as the rightful leader of the PDI.
On the morning of 27 July 1996, Suryadi threatened to take back PDI's Headquarters in Jakarta. Suryadi's supporters (reportedly with the Government's backing) attacked the PDI Headquarters and faced resistance from Megawati supporters who had been stationed there since the National Congress in Medan. In the ensuing clash, Megawati's supporters managed to hold on to the headquarters. A riot ensued — at that stage considered the worst that Jakarta had seen during the "New Order" years — which was followed by a government crackdown. The government later blamed the riots on the People's Democracy Party (PRD). Despite being overthrown as chairperson by Suryadi and the government, the event lifted Megawati's profile immensely, providing both sympathy and national popularity.
The PDI was now divided into two factions, Megawati's faction and Suryadi's faction. Megawati's faction had wanted to participate in the 1997 legislative elections, but the government only recognized Suryadi's faction. In the elections, Megawati and her supporters threw their support behind the United Development Party and the PDI won only 3% of the votes. Following Suharto's resignation and the lifting of the "New Order" limitations on national political parties, Megawati declared the formation of the PDI-P, adding the suffix perjuangan ("struggle") to differentiate her faction of the party from the Government backed faction. Megawati was elected Chairperson of PDI-P and was nominated for the Indonesian presidency in 1999.
1999 Legislative Elections
PDI-P was by far the most popular political party coming into the 1999 legislative elections. With 33% of the votes, PDI-P emerged with the largest share.
1999 People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) General Session
As the 1999 MPR General Session loomed closer, it was expected that PDI-P would once again play the dominant role. However, despite winning the Legislative Elections, PDI-P did not have absolute majority. Despite this however, PDI-P never formed a coalition with any of the other political parties in the lead up to the 1999 MPR General Session. The closest thing PDI-P had to a coalition was a loose alliance with Abdurrahman Wahid's National Awakening Party (PKB).
The Presidency looked set to be contested by Megawati and the then incumbent BJ Habibie of Golkar who was looking for a second term. However, MPR Chairman Amien Rais had other ideas as he formed a coalition called the Central Axis which consisted of Muslim Parties. Amien also announced that he would like to nominate Wahid as President. PKB, their alliance with PDI-P never cemented, now moved over to the Central Axis. Golkar then joined this coalition after Habibie's accountability speech was rejected and he withdrew from the race.
It came down to Megawati and Wahid. Wahid, with a powerful coalition backing him was elected as Indonesia's 4th President with 373 votes to Megawati's 313.
The PDI-P supporters were outraged. As the winners of the Legislative Elections, they expected to win the Presidential Elections also. PDI-P masses began rioting in cities such as Jakarta, Solo and Medan. The normally peaceful Bali was also involved in pro-Megawati protests. Wahid then realized that there was a need to recognize PDI-P's status as the winners of the Legislative Elections. With that, he encouraged Megawati to run for the Vice Presidency.
Megawati rejected this offer when she saw that she had to face opponents such as United Development Party's (PPP) Hamzah Haz and Golkar's Akbar Tanjung and Wiranto. After some politicking by Wahid, Akbar and Wiranto withdrew from the race. Wahid also ordered PKB to throw their weight behind Megawati. Megawati was now confident and competed in the Vice Presidential elections. She was elected as Vice President with 396 votes to Hamzah's 284.
2000 Party Congress
The congress was noted as one where Megawati consolidated her position within PDI-P by taking harsh measures to remove potential rivals. During the election for the Chairperson, two other candidates emerged in the form of Eros Djarot and Dimyati Hartono. Eros and Dimyati ran for the Chairpersonship because they did not want Megawati to hold the PDI-P Chairpersonship while concurrently being Vice President.
For Eros, when finally received his nomination from the South Jakarta branch, membership problems arose and made his nomination void. Eros was then not allowed to go and participate in the congress. Disillusioned with what he perceived to be a cult of personality developing around Megawati, Eros left PDI-P. In July 2002, he formed the Freedom Bull National Party.
For Dimyati, although his candidacy was not opposed as harshly as Djarot's, he was removed from his position as Head of PDI-P's Central Branch. He kept his position as a People's Representative Council (DPR) member but retired in February 2002. In April 2002, Dimyati formed the Our Homeland of Indonesia Party (PITA).
PDI-P during Wahid's Presidency
Although it had not supported Wahid to the Presidency, PDI-P members received ministerial positions in his cabinet because of Megawati's position as Vice President. As time went on, much like the Central Axis that had supported Wahid, PDI-P would grow disillusioned with Wahid. In April 2000, Laksamana Sukardi, a PDI-P member who held position as Minister of Investments and State Owned Enterprises was sacked from his position. When PDI-P enquired as to why this was done, Wahid claimed it was because of corruption but never backed up his claim.
The relationship improved somewhat when later in the year, Wahid authorized Megawati as the Vice President to manage the day-to-day running of the Government. However, Megawati and PDI-P had slowly but surely started to distance themselves from Wahid and join forces with the Central Axis. Finally, in July 2001 at a Special Session of the MPR, Wahid was removed as President. Megawati was then elected as President to replace him with Hamzah as her Vice President.
Further splits within the party
PDI-P faced further splits after Megawati became President with more disillusioned members leaving the party.
Two of these members were Megawati's own sisters. In May 2002, Sukmawati Sukarnoputri formed the Indonesian National Party Marhaenism (PNI-Marhaenisme). This was followed in November 2002, with Rachmawati Sukarnoputri declaring the formation of the Pioneers' Party (PP).
2004 Legislative Elections
By 2004, the reformist sentiments that had led PDI-P to victory in the 1999 elections had died down. Many were disappointed with what the reform process had achieved thus far and were also disappointed with Megawati's presidency. This was reflected in the 2004 legislative election, PDI-P obtained 18.5% of the total vote, down from the 33.7% it obtained in1999.
2004 Presidential Elections
PDI-P nominated Megawati as its presidential candidate for the 2004 presidential election.
Many running mates were considered, including Hamzah Haz (to renew the partnership), Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Jusuf Kalla. Finally, Megawati selected Nahdatul Ulama Chairman Hasyim Muzadi as her running mate. It was expected that Megawati would appeal to nationalist sentiments while Hasyim would appeal to Islamist voters. In the first round of elections, Megawati/Hasyim came second to Yudhoyono/Kalla.
To improve Megawati's chances in the run-off, the PDI-P, formed a coalition with the PPP, Golkar, the Reform Star Party (PBR) and the Prosperous Peace Party (PDS) in August 2004. However Megawati and Hasyim were convincingly beaten in the run-off against Yudhoyono/Kalla.
The National Coalition then turned their eyes on being the opposition in the DPR for the Yudhoyono/Kalla Government. With Kalla's election as Chairman of Golkar, Golkar defected to the government's side, leaving the PDI-P as the only major opposition party in the DPR.
2005 Party Congress
On 28 March 2005, the second PDI-P Congress was held in Sanur, Bali where Megawati was re-elected to the hairpersonship for a third term. Her brother, Guruh Sukarnoputra, was chosen as head of the party's Education and Culture department.
This congress was noted for the formation of a faction called the Renewal of PDI-P Movement. This movement called for a renewal of the party leadership if it was to win the 2009 legislative elections. Although they attended the Congress, the members of the Renewal of the PDI-P movement left once Megawati was re-elected. In December 2005, these same members would form the Democratic Renewal Party (PDP).
2009 Legislative Election
2009 Presidential Election
Again Megawati was chosen as the presidential candidate, this time with a coalition between the Great Indonesia Movement Party and PDI-P themselves, with Prabowo Subianto as the vice-presidential candidate. Again, they lost to Yudhoyono, with Boediono as vice-president. winning 26. 6% of the vote
2014 Presidential Election
Party policies and program
According to its website, the party aims to realize the aspirations aims contained in the preamble to the 1945 Constitution in the form of a just and prosperous society, and to being about an Indonesian that is socially just as well as politically sovereign and economically self-sufficient, and that is Indonesian in character and culture.
At the party's fourth congress in 2015, the PDIP issued a seven-point statement entitled "Realizing Great Indonesia, an Indonesia that is Truly Independent", in which it committed itself to overseeing the program of the central government and ensuring it keeps its campaign promises, while reinforcing its position as a political force and underlining its support for the poor and battling structural poverty.
- Megawati Sukarnoputri (1999– )
Legislative election results
|Election||Total seats won||Total votes||Share of votes||Outcome of election||Election leader|
153 / 462
|35,689,073||33.74%||153 seats, Government||Megawati Sukarnoputri|
109 / 550
|21,026,629||18.53%||44 seats, Opposition||Megawati Sukarnoputri|
95 / 560
|14,600,091||14.03%||14 seats, Opposition||Megawati Sukarnoputri|
109 / 560
|23,681,471||18.95%||14 seats, Government||Megawati Sukarnoputri|
Presidential election results
|Election||Candidate||Running mate||1st round
|Share of votes||Outcome||2nd round
|Share of votes||Outcome|
|2004||Megawati Sukarnoputri||Hasyim Muzadi||31,569,104||26.61%||Runoff||44,990,704||39.38%||Lost N|
|2009||Megawati Sukarnoputri||Prabowo Subianto||32,548,105||26.79%||Lost N|
|2014||Joko Widodo||Jusuf Kalla||70,997,833||53.15%||Elected|
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- (in Indonesian) "Cukup Satu Putaran". Tempo. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016.
- "Indonesia's Next President". Wall Street Journal. April 15, 2014.
- B., Edy (10 August 1996). "Kronologi Peristiwa 27 Juli 1996". Tempo (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
- Firmansyah, Arif (11 February 2005). "Kisah Para Penantang Yang Terpental (The Story of the Ousted Challengers)". Tempo (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 17 October 2009.
- "Pemilu 1999". Indonesian General Election Commission (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.
- "KPU Ubah Perolehan Kursi Parpol di DPR (KPU Changes Allocations of Parties' seats in the DPR)". Indonesian General Election Commission (in Indonesian). 14 May 2009. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014.
- Bastian, Abdul Qowi; Putri, Adelia Anjani (14 March 2014). "Official: Joko Widodo Named 2014 Presidential Candidate by Megawati". The Jakarta Globe.
- "Visi dan Misi (Vision and Mission)". PDI Perjuangan website. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
- "PERNYATAAN SIKAP DAN REKOMENDASI RAPAT KERJA NASIONAL KE-I PDI PERJUANGAN (Statement of Stance and Recommendations from the First PDI Perjuangan National Working Meeting)". PDI Perjuangan website. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2017.