Labour Party (Indonesia, 2001)

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Labor Party
Partai Buruh
Chairman Muchtar Pakpahan
Secretary-General Diah Indriastuti
Founded 2001 (as PBSD)
Headquarters Jakarta
Ideology Pancasila
Ballot number 44
Presidential candidate Megawati Sukarnoputri
DPR Seats 0

The Labor Party (Indonesian: Partai Buruh) is a political party in Indonesia. It has its origins in the Indonesian Prosperous Laborers organization (SBSI), which in 1993 threw its support behind the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) as a vehicle for its political aspirations. When the PDI split in 1996, it allied itself with the breakaway faction led by Megawati Sukarnoputri, which led to it coming under pressure from the New Order government of president Suharto. On 30 July 1996, SBSI chairman Muchtar Pakpahan was detained on subversion charges. Following the fall of Suharto in 1998, the SBSI became disillusions with Megawati's now renamed Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle and in 2001 decided to establish its own party, the Social Democrat Labor Party (Partai Buruh Sosial Demokrat). The party stood in the 2004 Indonesian legislative election, but won only 0.6 percent of the vote and no legislative seats. Party chairman However, the party has 12 representatives in provincial assemblies. The party subsequently changed its name to the Labor Party.[1][2]

After initially failing to qualify, following a lawsuit the party won the right to contest the 2009 elections. However, the party won only 0.25 percent of the vote, less than the 2.5 percent electoral threshold, meaning it was awarded no seats in the People's Representative Council.[3][4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ Bambang Setiawan & Bestian Nainggolan (Eds) (2004) Partai-Partai Politik Indonesia: Ideologi dan Program 2004-2009 (Indonesian Political Parties: Ideologies and Programs 2004-2009 Kompas ISBN 979-709-121-X. p213
  2. ^ Kompas newspaper 18 October 2008, p5
  3. ^ Indonesian
  4. ^ Akhirnya KPU Putuskan 4 Parpol Gurem Ikut Pemilu 2009 (Finally the General Elections Commission Allows 4 small parties to contest the 2009 elections)
  5. ^ Profil Partai Politik (Profile of Political Parties), Kompas newspaper 14 July 2008 pp. 38-39
  6. ^ Indonesian General Election Commission website Official Election Results
  7. ^ The Jakarta Post 10 May 2009 Archived 13 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Democratic Party controls 26% of parliamentary seats