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SRI says it has no plans
to merge with Democrats

The newly established Union of Independent People Party (SRI) says that it has no intention of following fellow newcomer Struggle Work Party (Pakar Pangan) that recently formed an alliance with the Democratic Party ahead of the 2014 elections.

“No, because we want to produce a new kind of politics based on public ethics and integrity,” SRI politician Rocky Gerung said Wednesday as quoted by tribunnews.com.

He added that for a new party forming a coalition with another party was a sign of weakness and insecurity.

“If we joined with them from the start it would mean we are not confident in ourselves," Rocky said.

However, he did not rule out the possibility of forming a coalition with other parties after the elections.

“We will consider forming coalitions after the elections. If we do so now, our political goals will not be reached. We still believe in the strength of the Indonesian people’s common sense. Political ethics are still there,” Rocky said.

Earlier this year, SRI declared its support for Sri Mulyani as a candidate for President.

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