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Indonesia's most popular Islamic party backs Jokowi for president

Published on May 10, 2014 9:40 PM
In this picture taken on April 11, 2014, popular presidential candidate of main the opposition party Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (centre) walks with his supporters in Jakarta following the April 9, 2014 legislative election. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia's most popular Islamic party on Saturday announced its support for presidential frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in his bid for the top job in July, the third party in his growing coalition.

The National Awakening Party (PKB), which is aligned with Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation, is the latest party to join an alliance led by Jokowi's Indonesian Democratic-Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

The coalition also includes the National Democrat (NasDem) party and should help give Jokowi a broad base of support to help him pass major reforms if elected.

"PKB will join the coalition led by PDI-P...because we believe their vision to continue the political and economic development of Indonesia is similar to ours," said Mr Helmy Faishal, senior PKB official.

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