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Jakarta Post

The rise of the Democratic Party in a scarcity of political plenty

  • Meidyatama Suryodiningrat

    THE JAKARTA POST

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 12 2009   /  09:11 am

So much to choose from, so little choice. When Indonesians flock to the polls in the April 9 legislative elections, their ballots will in effect start shaping the presidential election. The results of the most up-to-date poll released Wednesday by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta support what other pollsters have already indicated. The Democratic Party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Golkar Party are likely to overwhelm with up to half the total votes, with the former holding a significant advantage over the latter two. All others are distant contenders, unlikely to pose notable resistance. The particulars of the CSIS survey, conducted in association with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, Education and Information (LP3ES), the University of Indonesia and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (L...