Ever the opportunist

Kompas – June 23, 2010
Ever the opportunist

Ever the opportunist, at its national congress on June 16-20 the Islamic based Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) – known for its anti-US stance – announced it was seeking stronger links with the US to counter its exclusive image and broaden its political base. Political observers say that the move has more to do with the party’s struggle to shed its image as a conservative religious party among an increasingly globally aware populace who are suspicious of such exclusiveness.