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RI in need of 'Muslim leader'

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 22 2008   /  10:20 am

Indonesia needs a Muslim statesman to lead the nation, rather than just political parties, a hard-line Muslim student group said Thursday. Executives from the Indonesian Muslim Student Movement (KAMMI) made their call for a Muslim leader during a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the State Palace. "It is important to have a Muslim statesman as the country's national leader. We will promote this idea not only to the President, but also to anyone willing to offer himself as the future leader," KAMMI chairman Taufiq Amrullah said at a press conference after the meeting. "The country is in need of a leader who is not just a politician, or the chairman of a political party. We need a statesman who can take on great responsibility for the sake of the country's development." Taufiq insisted the leadership concept would not offen...