SUKARNOPUTRI TEAMS WITH ISLAMIC LEADER IN RACE

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 7) - Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri has reportedly teamed up with the head of Indonesia's largest Islamic organization in an attempt to re-energize her campaign for a second term as leader.

Mrs Megawati has announced that Hasyim Muzadi, head of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which claims 40 million followers, will be her vice-presidential running mate for the July 5 election.

The president faces a tough fight against two former generals, especially after support for her party slumped in the April 5 parliamentary poll.

On Wednesday the Golkar party of former dictator Suharto was declared winner of the general election, dislodging Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) as the largest parliamentary grouping.

PDIP's support slumped from 34 percent in 1999 to just 18.5 per cent.

Mrs Megawati's main competition in the presidential elections will come from two ex-generals - former security minister, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is standing for the Democrat Party, and ex-military chief Wiranto, who is Golkar's candidate.

The AFP news agency says recent opinion polls show Mr Yudhoyono far ahead as preferred president.

Golkar is due to announce its vice-presidential candidate on Monday.

May 7, 2004

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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