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Pertjajah Luhur (PL)

The Pertjajah Luhur (PL) is a Javanese political party in Suriname. Pertjajah Luhur was established in 1998 by a splinter group led by Paul Somohardjo which left Pendawalima (another Javanese party founded in 1977) to protest against the decision of the party to support the then-president Jules Wijdenbosch. PL then joined the New Front and was part of both latter Venetiaan administrations.

In 2005, Somohardjo was elected speaker of DNA with the support of the other parties of the New Front. Shortly before the 2010 elections, PL left however the New Front to merge with Pendawalima and Moestadja's D21 in order to establish a strong Javanese block which later formed an electoral alliance with the Hindustani UPS (now part of the VHP) and the tiny Roman Catholic Creole PSV. The new alliance, called the People's Alliance, gathered 13% of the national vote and won 6 seats all gained by members of the Javanese block.

In a surprising move, PL forged an alliance with the Mega Combinatie and ensured the election of Bouterse as president of Suriname. Bouterse rewarded the Javanese block by appointing Moestadja as interior minister and Raymond Sapoen, the leader of Pendawalima, as education minister. PL also voted in support of the amendment to the Amnesty Law but the relations between Bouterse and the Javanese block gradually strained. In April 2014, Bouterse sacked Sapoen and Moestadja and put an end to the parliamentary coalition between the Mega Combinatie and PL.

As a consequence, PL joined the ranks of the opposition and became a founding member of the V7 alliance. PL currently holds five seats in the DNA.

Founded 1998
Party Colour Red
National Assembly seats 5/51
Status Active
Political Parties in Suriname
Suriname Elections
V7 2015 Manifesto
PL 2010 Manifesto
NF 2005 Manifesto
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