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SRI Party a challenge to political oligarchy

  • Donny Syofyan

Padang   /   Fri, August 12 2011   /  08:00 am

A new political party, the Union of Independent People (SRI), has come to the fore in Indonesia’s political stage and is bidding to contest the 2014 general elections.

Having registered the party with the Law and Human Rights Ministry, the party also hopes to nominate Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who is currently the managing director at the World Bank, as presidential candidate.

Many welcome the challenge offered by the new party, which will face a long road ahead. The current barrier is that SRI has not been verified and hence recognized as a party yet. It is impossible for it to propose its own presidential candidate if it fails to pass the verification process and establish branches in at least 30 of the country’s 33 provinces before the Aug. 22 deadline as required by the election law.

Apparently, politicians seem to be playing down Sri Mulyani’s chance in 2014...