March 21, 2004

Good Election News

A win for moderation: Malaysia's Islamic Party Loses Ground in Elections

The major Islamic party in Malaysia lost significant ground in parliamentary and state elections here today as the governing coalition of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi coasted to victory.

The Islamic party, Parti Islam SeMalaysia, lost the state legislatures in the oil rich northern state of Terengganu and in the neighboring state of Kalantan. In a humiliating loss, the leader of the party, Ulama Hadi Awang, lost his federal parliamentary seat.

The fortunes of the Islamic party, which won control of the Terengganu state legislature four years ago, were being closely watched as a barometer of militant Islam in Southeast Asia. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, holds parliamentary elections early next month.

Posted by richard at March 21, 2004 02:29 PM

Now if only the Christian party would lose here . . .

Posted by: Brad A. at March 23, 2004 07:23 PM

I agree to some extent. The places where I agree with Bush has nothing to do with his religion – and the places I disagree, often do. But, scoring rhetorical points aside, the Establishment Clause makes all the difference....

Posted by: richard at March 23, 2004 08:10 PM