The abbreviation for Golongan Karya, the former, and to some extent still, ruling political party of Indonesia.
Founded in 1964, this is the ruling political party of Suharto and Habibie. Golkar finished second, behind the Indonesian Democratic Party, in last June's general elections.
an association of army-sponsored associations and trade unions that became the main electoral vehicle for Suharto's New Order government
Golong Karya (Functional Groups (Party))
The Party of the Functional Groups (Indonesian: Partai Golongan Karya) is a political party in Indonesia. It is also known as Golkar (Sekretariat Bersama Golongan Karya, or Joint Secretariat of Functional Groups). It was the ruling party during Suharto's regime (1966-1998), and is the biggest party in today's ruling coalition in Indonesia.