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Jakarta Post

Islamic parties play key role in elections

  • Alfian

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Mon, March 16 2009   /  10:53 am

Muslim-based parties may have seen a significant decline in their popularity, but they can still determine who will win the presidential election, observers say. Research released last week by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) suggested that the popularity of Islamic parties such as the United Development Party (PPP), the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the National Mandate Party (PAN) ranged between 2.91 and 4.15 percent only, far lower than three main secular-nationalist parties — the Democratic Party (PD), the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), and the Golkar Party, which ranked highest in the survey.
“Although the Islamic parties are considered medium-level participants in the legislative elections, they will play significant roles in the presidential election. With the PD, PDI-P and Golkar likely to nominate their own pr...