Indonesia election: PKS may have gained support from disbanded Islamic group, say experts

Supporters of the Islamic-leaning Prosperous Justice Party at Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's rally in Solo in Central Java last week. The party garnered 8.6 per cent of votes in the legislative elections, according to unofficial
Supporters of the Islamic-leaning Prosperous Justice Party at Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's rally in Solo in Central Java last week. The party garnered 8.6 per cent of votes in the legislative elections, according to unofficial quick counts, up from the 6.8 per cent it got in the 2014 polls.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

JAKARTA • Decent gains made by the Islamic-leaning Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in the legislative elections have raised eyebrows - not only because of the internal bickering among its leaders, but also because it was the only Islamic party that performed well.

PKS garnered 8.6 per cent of votes, according to unofficial quick counts, compared with the 6.8 per cent it received in the 2014 polls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2019, with the headline 'PKS may have gained support from disbanded Islamic group: Experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe