Supreme Court Chief Justice Hatta Ali swore in Setya Novanto of the Golkar Party as the new speaker of the House of Representatives, along with his four deputies, for the 2014-2015 term on Thursday at the House in Jakarta.
The four deputies comprise Fadli Zon of Gerindra, Fahri Hamzah of the Prosperous Justice Party, Taufik Kurniawan of the National Mandate Party and Agus Hermanto of the Democratic Party.
"I swear that I will hold this responsibility as the speaker/deputy speaker of the House of Representatives as well as possible and as fair as possible based on Pancasila and UUD1945 [the 1945 Constitution]," Setya, along with his four deputies, said, repeating the vow after Hatta, as quoted by kompas.com.
Setya, Fadli, Fahri and Taufik belong to the Red-and-White Coalition formed by Prabowo Subianto, who lost the July 9 presidential election to president-elect Joko Widodo from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).
The PDI-P was the winner in the April 9 legislative election. Out of a total of 124.9 million valid votes nationwide, the PDI-P secured 18.95 per cent. Golkar came in second with 14.75 per cent and Gerindra third with 11.81 per cent.
Head of the executive board of the PDI-P, Puan Maharani, said that she was dissappointed with the result of the plenary session because the voice of her party, which won the legislative election, was not listened to.
"We felt that the voice of our members was not respected during the session," she said.