Army pensioners, including General Wiranto, declare a new political party, Partai Hati Nurani Rakyat (Hanura).
Retired military commander General Wiranto and a number of retired generals yesterday formed a new political party in preparation for the general elections in 2009, the Partai Hati Nurani Rakyat (Hanura), or People's Conscience Party.
Besides Wiranto other former military commanders involved include Lieutenant General Suaidi Marasabessy, General Fachrul Razi, General Subagyo H.S., (police) General Chairul Ismail, and Admiral Bernard Kent Sondakh.
Suaidi said however that former military leaders comprised "only" 30% of the 100 declarators of the party.
Wiranto of yesteryear, sporting yellow. Hanura's colour seems to be orange.
Among the civilians who have joined the party are Fuad Bawazier and Samual Koto, both former executives of the National Mandate Party (PAN), and Djafar Badjeber, a former secretary general of the Reform Star Party (PBR). antara
Additionally, former Economy minister Kwik Kian Gie, former Golkar party chairman Akbar Tanjung, former vice president Try Sutrisno, and former president Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), witnessed the declaration of the party on the 21st. Gus Dur gave a speech in which he said Wiranto was well suited to become a national leader. antara
Wiranto was a presidential candidate of the Golkar Party in the presidential elections in 2004 who came third with 22% in the first round of voting. His running mate was Solahuddin Wahid of the PKB.
The new party seems to be an outgrowth of the Gerakan Kebangkitan Indonesia Raya (GKIR) (see Nationalism, Wiranto, & Kwik Kian Gie, June 2006).
March 10th 2007.
General Wiranto says Hanura will seek to imitate the Justice Party, Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS), in its upholding of high moral values and good character, and will seek to recruit members who are pure of heart.
He said the party had managed to attract a number of experienced political figures including Nico Daryanto, Fuad Bawazier, Samuel Kotto (formerly of PAN), Djafar Badjeber (the founder of the PBR, Partai Bintang Reformasi) and Ary Mardjono (former secretary general of Golkar). antara