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Jakarta Post

Islamic parties ‘must’ form coalition to survive in 2014

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 2 2012   /  08:09 am

Analysts and politicians have agreed that the only way that Muslim-based political parties can keep their heads above water in the 2014 elections is to form a coalition.

The prospects for Muslim parties have been increasingly grim. According to an opinion poll conducted by the research department of Kompas daily that was released last week, support for major Muslim political parties was in the single digits.

In the survey, the most popular Muslim party was the Prosperous Justice Party’s (PKS), which was backed by 3 percent of respondents, followed by the National Mandate Party’s (PAN) at 1.8 percent, and the United Development Party (PPP) at 1 percent.

The Muslim party that fared the worst, the National Awakening Party (PKB), was backed by 0.4 percent of respondents.

Another opinion poll released by the National Survey Institute (LSN) in June said that ov...