Is there any ideological difference on these two parties (for ex. economic policies)? Or it is just two Golkars?
On the basics there’s no difference because they both come from the New Order (ie. that the events of 1965 was a foiled communist coup, that economic development only began with Soeharto etc.)Is there any ideological difference on these two parties (for ex. economic policies)? Or it is just two Golkars?
Now in January 2001 ITTL, Megawati’s on stronger ground making her request to create a new political party. Try can’t exactly reject the formation of a new political party when he’s approved the creation of a new political party to support a new government. That and the fact that Try knew it was impossible keeping Megawati away from taking a shot at the presidency forever.6th June 1998:
Try, Edi, and Harsudiono breakfasted with Governor of East Java Basofi Sudirman. Try apologized to Basofi for appointing a PDI minister in his cabinet after all the time Basofi spent putting a check on Megawati’s PDI. Basofi said that circumstances has changed and pledged his loyalty to Try’s government and its policies.
Try told Basofi that the latter’s term as Governor of East Java will be finishing soon and asked how does Basofi see the future. Basofi said that he is interested in a second term as Governor of East Java. The President said he will take it under consideration.
From Surabaya, Try and his entourage headed for the town of Blitar. There, he was welcomed by the children of Soekarno and Fatmawati as well as their families. With cameras trained on him and locals looking on, the President paid his respects to Soekarno at his tomb. Try got tingles down his spine thinking about Soekarno. He never thought he would occupy the same position as Soekarno.
After paying his respects, the President accompanied by the Minister of Home Affairs and the State Secretary sat down with Megawati Soekarnoputri and her husband Taufiq Kiemas. After some small talk, Megawati said that she has been locked out of the political system for two years and would like to the opportunity to represent the masses again. She also asked if it would be possible to create a new political party.
Try replied that he welcomes it if Megawati would like to participate in politics again and said that he would make sure Megawati is not harassed by the authorities. Harsudiono added that the government does not have any plans of allowing new political parties to be formed and said that Megawati’s best bet is to channel her aspirations through the PDI.
The -P was added after Reformasi. After Soeharto had fallen from power, Megawati and her followers, who still considered themselves the real PDI, went ahead to hold a PDI National Congress in October 1998 where Megawati became elected Chairwoman. Habibie refused to recognize Megawati as the Chairwoman of the PDI so Megawati renamed the party PDI-P so that they could participate in the 1999 Elections.Wasn’t the name PDI(the -P, IIRC was added after Reformasi) pre-PoD? I guess PNI would appeal more on brand recognition though.