Greg Fealy: Islamic Parties are Declining in 2014 Election

Jember, April 3 2014

Political expert and Indonesianist from Australia, Greg Fealy, estimates that some Islam-based political parties will decline in vote. “The party such as PKS’ (Prosperous Justice Party) electability will go down because of corruption case. Meanwhile, PAN’s (National Mandate Party) and PPP’s (United Development Party) vote will be flat; this is because those parties do not have charismatic figures who are able to attract public sympathy,” said Greg Fealy. Greg Fealy stated that Islamic Parties are declining in the 2014 election. However, the Australian National University professor predicted PKB (The National Awakening Party), will be experiencing voting upsurge. This is because of PKB’s fanatic voters especially from East Java and several areas.

Greg Fealy expressed this view when serving as a speaker in a political discussion entitled “Democracy, Election and Islam in Indonesia” organized by International Relations Department of FISIP, at the University of Jember FISIP’s hall (1/4). At this event, Greg Fealy more widely covered the electability of Indonesian Islamic political parties in the 2014 election. The event won positive responses, indicated by the high number of attendees either students or lecturers of FISIP from the University of Jember. (Mj-Sr/iim)

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