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Jakarta Post

Mahfud beats Anas to lead top Muslim group

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 3 2012   /  10:18 am

Mahfud MD has been elected the next chief of one of the nation’s most influential Muslim organizations, boosting his credibility as one of the strongest potential candidates in the 2014 presidential election.

The outgoing chief justice of the Constitutional Court will be the chairman of the Islamic Students Alumni Association (KAHMI) at its national congress in Kampar, Riau, Antara news agency reported.

Mahfud won 347 votes to secure the top position in the organization, edging out several high-profile candidates, including House of Representatives lawmaker Viva Yoga Mauladi of the National Mandate Party (PAN), who received 334 votes, and Anas Urbaningrum, the chairman of the Democratic Party, who came in third with 320 votes.

The chief justice said that he would not use his leadership of KAHMI to help him with his presidential aspirations.

“I will not al...