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Merger Needed for Muslim Parties  Tapol
 Oct 22, 2012 01:46 PDT 

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Merger Needed for Muslim Parties

October 22, 2012
The Jakarta Post

A researcher from the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) said that
Islam-based parties should merge themselves into no more than two
parties to survive in the crowded political environment.

“If Islam-based political parties still want to have influence, they
must merge into only two political parties,” LSI researcher Adjie
Alfaraby said as quoted by kompas.com.

He said that currently, voters were having problems telling the
difference between Islam-based political parties because they all
shared similar ideologies and programs.

Adjie also said that although the majority of Indonesians were Muslim,
a large number of them had secular views on the relationship between
religion and politics.

Last week, two opinion polls predicted that none of the existing
Islam-based political parties would remain among the top five parties
in the 2014 general election.

LSI found that, if the general election were to take place today, the
Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Awakening Party (PKB),
the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the United Development Party
(PPP), would only collectively garner 21.1 percent of the popular
vote.

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