Religious Leaders Pledge Not to Endorse Candidates in Upcoming Election

February 26, 2004

Source: The Star Online rtRe&sec=latest

On February 26, 2004 The Star Online posted an Associated Press article that reported, "Islamic and Christian leaders have vowed not to take sides in coming elections in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, after the nation's second largest Islamic group withdrew its endorsement of a top lawmaker, a report said Thursday. Religious groups previously have supported political parties during elections in this secular country. The leaders of prominent Muslim and Christian organisations stood together at a public forum on Wednesday and vowed they would not be connected to any politician and warned their followers that political parties may try to use religion to win support, the Jakarta Post newspaper reported."