Reuters – “In Indonesia, moderate Islamic party returns to political centrestage”

BY KANUPRIYA KAPOOR AND RANDY FABI | 11 May 2014

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Indonesian presidential frontrunner Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has joined hands with the country’s most popular Islamic party, cementing the surprise resurgence of Muslim parties in this year’s election and possibly renewing their voice in the new government…

Analysts say PKB, which backs agrarian reform, is unlikely to change the nationalistic agenda of Jokowi and PDI-P. “PKB’s pluralistic ideal is also in line with PDI-P’s nationalist ideal of unity in diversity. As such, we don’t expect that either PDI-P or PKB will lean towards more sectarian views,” said Pitra Narendra, a Jakarta-based senior associate of corporate advisory firm Vriens & Partners.