In the post-Soeharto era APKLI has seen the election of new and different kinds of brokers who are more closely associated with political parties.
He was elected as leader of APKLI DIY in 2010 because of his close connections to municipal and provincial government officials and the sultan's wife.
Hoisa Siregar--the APKLI leader for DKI Jakarta--stated that 24 regional APKLI officials and 164 central board officials cancelled Ali's leadership due to his violations of APKLI's central statute and bylaw.
Under Ali Mahsun's leadership, APKLI began to collect data on street vendors across Indonesia in 2013 in an attempt to better coordinate the vendors.
With branches of APKLI established throughout the provinces, the traders decided to leverage their numbers and newfound bargaining position.
Heru Juwono, the APKLI National leader contested by Ali Mahsun after his appointment in the 2013 Extraordinary Convention, requested that groups not use the name of APKLI in support of any candidates in the 2014 election.
Despite the dissent and the accusations against him, Ali Mahsun continued to mobilize different APKLI groups across the country and was certain that 20 million street vendors would give their votes to Prabowo-Hatta.
58) Basri suggested that APKLI had approximately 80,000 voters in the province, and that they would 'disseminate information' on Prabowo-Hatta by going from stall to stall.
Despite APKLI National's declaration of support for Prabowo-Hatta, local loyalties influenced the decisions of many district branches.
Satriyo, (61) the head of APKLI Bantul, explained that Idham and his wife (Sri Surya Widati, successor to the Bantul district head after Idham in the period 2010-2015) helped APKLI Bantul rent their office, which allowed APKLI Bantul to operate their programmes and cooperative.
Satriyo asked APKLI DIY to understand their political choice.
Other APKLI branches also faced similar situations, where influential street vendor leaders were in an opposite position politically.