JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – United Development party (PPP) late Thursday appointed new party chairman Romahurmuziy (40 years), for the 2014-2019 period. He was appointed through an acclamation during he party’s Muktamar (Congress) in Surabaya.
Romahurmuziy, who was the party’s secretary general in previous period, replaces Suryadharma Ali.
Kompas daily reported Romahurmuziy received full support from the 844 people who were attending the congress and have voting rights. He later emerged the sole winner, defeating other candidates who are senior than him, namely Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Emron Pangkapi and Suharso Monoarfa.
“This is the decision of all. The senior politicians (Lukman, Emron and Suharso) wholeheartedly gave opportunity for the younger generation to lead the party,” the party’s congress chairman Rusli Effendi said.
The party’s congress was held amid protest from previous chairman Suryadharma Ali, who strongly supported Prabowo Subianto during the July Presidential Election. Suryadharma Ali, who has been declared as a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) did not recognize the congress.
The party’s congress committee has claimed the Muktamar is in line with the party’s statutory. The congress has also been backed by the party’s Supreme Syariah Council K.H. Maimoen Zubair.
Politicial observers view that the appointment of Romahurmuizy paved the way for the party to join the Joko Widodo government. (*)