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Jakarta Post

Indonesians no fans of caliphate

  • Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, June 5 2017   /  12:17 am

The specter of a revived caliphate has engulfed the country in the past few months, but a recent survey has shown that not even one in 10 Indonesians is willing to replace democracy with an Islamic state, or caliphate.

The majority of Indonesian people support democracy based on the principles of Pancasila, the state ideology agreed upon by the nation’s founding fathers, according to a survey released on Sunday by Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC).

The research found that 79.3 percent of 1,350 respondents supported the existing political system and regarded it as final, and rejected the idea of a caliphate proposed by some organizations. Only 9.2 percent of respondents agreed with a theocratic Islamic state and 11.5 percent did not give an answer. The research was conducted from May 14 to 20, with a margin of error of 2.7 percent.

It was the first surve...