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Jakarta Post

Muslim team against delaying elections

  • The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Fri, April 3 2009   /  10:20 am

A coalition of Islamic-based groups, calling themselves the Team for a Successful Election, has urged the government and General Elections Commission (KPU) to adhere to the current election schedule, saying that delays would create a power vacuum that could give the military the chance to step in to fill the void. “This election has to be successful because if we fail it will spark chaos and the military will reclaim power. If that happens we will have to start democracy from scratch,” team leader Syarwan Hamid told journalists Thursday. According to Syarwan, a retired military general, the team was formed last month to monitor the 2009 general elections in the hopes of preventing possible conflict that could disrupt the polls on April 9. The team includes members of the Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI), the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI) and the Islamic Propa...