Nation Awakening Party

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:

  1. To increase people’s faith in the Almighty God in society, nation, and state.
  2. Political affairs: to maintain the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia; To uphold the sovereignty of the people; To realize a clean, reliable, democratic government; To implement national development for the prosperity of the people; To carry out an independent and active foreign policy of the Indonesian state and develop foreign cooperation to create a world of lasting peace, which is equitable and prosperous;
  3. Economic Sector: To uphold and develop the economic life of people fairly and democratically;
  4. Legal Affairs; To seek to establish and develop a civilized state law, which is able to protect all its citizens; To affirm human rights and social justice;
  5. Social and Cultural Affairs: To build advanced culture and modernity while maintaining the nation’s identity for the sake of elevating the dignity of the nation;
  6. Educational Sector: To improve the quality of human resources of noble character, independent, skilled, professional, and critical towards the surrounding social environment; to seek the establishment of a national education system that is welfare-oriented, affordable, and sustainable;
  7. Affairs of Defense: to build awareness of the obligation of every citizen to participate in the national defense effort; to encourage the establishment of community of self defense against treatment which creates a feeling of insecurity, both of which came from individuals or certain institutions in society.

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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