Taufik Kiemas, chief of the PDI-P advisory board, and Golkar chairman Jusuf Kalla raised the issue during a Golkar consolidation meeting in Jakarta on Aug. 25.
Kalla is a successful businessman and Kiemas
has also been active in business including when his
wife, Megawati Soekarnoputri, was vice president from October 1999 to July 2001 and then president from July 2001 to September 2004.
"If the (Golkar and PDI-P) parties coalesce, the whole nation will remain united," Kalla said of the urgent need for the countries' largest parties to come together as one in next year's elections. Taufik
responded, "I hope the coalition will materialize before the PDI-P
convenes its national meeting this November."