Indonesia’s Nation Awakening Party or Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa (PKB) was founded in July 1998 in Jakarta at the residence of KH. Abdurrahman Wahid (“Gus Dur”). He became Indonesia’s first democratically elected president in 1999. Gus Dur was also Head of the Council of Scholars, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest, moderate Muslim organization. NU-members are the base of PKB. The visions of the party are: (i) to realize the desired ideals of independence of the Republic of Indonesia as stated in the Preamble of the 1945 Constitution; (ii) to realize a just and prosperous society; and (iii) to establish democratic, clean, and honorable national politics.
The mission of PKB includes:
Since the latest election in 2014, PKB is part of the Government Coalition of Indonesia Superb (KIH), a coalition of political parties in Indonesia that supported the successful Joko Widodo – Jusuf Kalla campaign in 2014. The coalition is comprised of the PDI-P, PKB, NasDem, Hanura, and PKP Indonesia. KIH has 208 seats in the Parliament composed of 109 seats from the PDI-P, 36 seats from NasDem Party, 47 seats from PKB, and 16 seats from Hanura.
Four PKB politicians are currently ministers in the Jokowi government. Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri is Minister of Manpower, H. Imam Nahrawi is Minister of Youth and Sports Affaies, Prof H. Muhammad Nasir is Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, Eko Putro Sandjojo is Minister of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration. In 2015, PKB won 86 of the 264 positions during local elections.
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