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Jakarta Post

Suryadharma gets cozy with Islam Defenders Front

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 31 2013   /  08:15 am

In what could be seen as an effort to squeeze votes out of devout Muslims, the Islamist United Development Party (PPP) has declared itself ready to strike a deal with the vigilante organization the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) even going so far as nominating Munarman, the organization’s outspoken figurehead, as a legislative candidate.

Religious Affairs Minister and PPP chairman Suryadharma Ali believes that Munarman is well-qualified for the job.

“He comes highly recommended. He is knowledgeable and a lawyer — a perfect fit to be active in politics.”

If Munarman is nominated at all, it will likely be to represent South Sumatra, his home province.

Suryadharma has no problems with the image of FPI, well known for the promotion of violence. and destruction of preperty.

“Let’s say the FPI is a radical organization, should we stay away from the...