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Aceh parties push sharia, to reinstate identity, keep peace

  • Alfian

    The Jakarta Post

BANDA ACEH   /   Mon, April 6 2009   /  10:40 am

Aceh’s leading local parties have promised sharia law during their recent campaigns, bidding to win the upcoming legislative elections and a political chance to reinstate the province’s special identity as “Mecca’s verandah”. At least, the Aceh Party (PA), the Acehnese People’s Independent Aspiration Party (SIRA) and the People’s Aceh Party (PRA) have all taken up this unique theme in their campaigns to win the hearts of the people, clerics and pesantrens.
While all agreeing that Islamic teachings have for a long time taken root in Aceh, the parties have different ideas about the implementation of sharia.
The Aceh Party, established and fully supported by former combatants of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), says Aceh needs sharia law, but not now.  Instead, it says, Aceh should pursue a full implementation of the 2005 Helsinki peace pact, to imp...