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Sri Mulyani supporters face tough test

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 5 2011   /  08:00 am

Supporters of Sri Mulyani now have only a slim chance of establishing a political party as a platform to nominate the former finance minister for the 2014 presidential election following a ruling by the Constitutional Court on Thursday.

They failed in their attempt to bypass the political party verification process at the Law and Human Rights Ministry after the Court ruled that the Union of Independent People (SRI) should abide by the 2011 Political Parties Law requiring all parties to have representative offices in at least 75 percent of all municipalities and regencies and 50 percent of districts in all 33 provinces.

The ruling means that the members of the party, established on May 2 this year, only have until Aug. 22 to meet all requirements after registering at the Law and Human Rights Ministry.

“The political parties law should consider the growing population...