Partai SRI to cooperate with another party on legal status

Bandung (ANTARA News) - The Independent People`s Union Party (Partai SRI) is to cooperate with another political party officially recognized as a legal entity in order to take part in the 2014 general elections, one of its leaders said,

The strategy was to be pursued after the party was considered to have failed to pass a so-called "verification" test by the law and human rights ministry, Partai SRI figure Wimar Witoelar said.

"Although we have not passed the law ministry`s verification test, I am convinced and God willing, we will survive the verification test by the General Elections Commission (KPU) and be able to participate in the 2014 polls," he said at a public discussion at the Indonesia Menggugat building here Saturday.

"We will cooperate with another party that has officially recognized legal entity status based on 2004 regulations but no members and no executive board," said Wimar.

Asked to identify the party with which Partai SRI intended to collaborate, he said he was not yet in a position to name it "but we have several options,"

One of the agendas of Partai SRI in the 2014 elections would be nominating former finance minister Sri Mulyani for the presidency, Wimar added.

Wimar who served as the official spokesman of Indonesia`s fourth president, the late Abdurrahman Wahid, at the discussion also denounced all the accusations that were once publicly leveled at Sri Mulyani and Boediono over the Bank Century bailout.

"All the stories that discredited Sri Mulyani and Boediono including those in relation with the Bank Century case were fabricated, " he said.

The stories were false "because when Bank Century was bailed out nobody opposed the decision. Even Aburizal Bakrie and Jusuf Kalla at the time agreed. And all businessmen agreed because their businesses too were saved," Wimar said.

About the fact that Partai SRI was not considered qualified to be a political party by the law and human rights ministry, Wimar said "a certain interest has sabotaged us."

The party was denied official recognition although it had fulfilled all the administrative requirements and a large following, according to Wimar. The party had representative offices or branches in 33 provinces, 400 districts/municipalities and more than 4,000 sub-districts across the country, he said.  (*)