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2014 - Legislative Elections

As of 2012 President Yudhoyono's Partai Demokrat (PD) held 148 of the 560 seats in the House of Representatives (DPR), making it the largest political party represented in the legislature. Partai Demokrat has a coalition with Golkar and four Islam-oriented parties. The coalition holds a majority of the seats in the DPR.

Megawati Sukarnoputri dominated the opposition party that opinion polls show was likely to top the 09 April 2014 parliamentary election. She also has, if she chooses, the candidate whom polls showed would sweep aside all other contenders in the presidential election three months later. But the 67-year-old daughter of the country's founding president is said to want the top job herself, although the chances of her winning it are slim. Opinion polls showed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party was not expected to fair well after a string of high-level corruption scandals.

Indonesia's main opposition party took the most votes according to early results from the 09 April 2014 parliamentary election. Unofficial tallies showed the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) will receive close to 20 percent of the vote, followed by the Golkar party and the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerinda). More than 200,000 candidates from 12 parties were competing for 20,000 seats in national and regional legislatures.

Stocks fell more than three percent in Indonesia following a weaker than expected parliamentary election performance by the country's main opposition party. The PDI-P's candidate, Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, was still expected to become Indonesia's next president. But many investors fear that a power-sharing deal could complicate economic reforms they feel are needed to further grow Southeast Asia's largest economy. Widodo, known as "Jokowi," represents a welcome change for many Indonesians. The ex-furniture businessman has a reputation for transparency and a hands-on approach to governance.

The ex-general Prabowo Subianto, patron figure of Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party, was fully supported by coalition of seven parties joined in Red and White coalition. Allegations that Subianto committed human rights abuses escalated 19 June 2014, as his former military boss released details of an investigation into the kidnappings of activists during a civilian uprising in the late 1990s. Retired military chief Wiranto, who backs Prabowo's top political rival, said in a televised news conference Thursday that he discharged Prabowo from his position as lieutenant general after an internal military investigation showed he ordered the arrests of 23 activists, 13 of whom remain missing. One was found dead.

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