PKS plays down its differences with Democratic Party

The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) says the differences it has with the Democratic Party over the Bank Century bailout should not be interpreted as signs of friction.

"Our partnership is a mature one that has been nurtured over the last five years, so having differences is normal," PKS legislator Andi Rahmat told The Jakarta Post at the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Members of the PKS concluded last night that the bailout was riddled with graft and administrative errors, while the Democratic Party said otherwise.

Andi said the differences between the two parties would be difficult to resolve because they had substantially different approaches to the bailout.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party's Ruhut Sitompul said having the PKS in the coalition was like grooming a dangerous tiger cub.