Crescent Star Party

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Crescent Star Party
Partai Bulan Bintang
Chairman Malem Sambat Kaban
Secretary-General BM Wibowo Hadiwardoy
Founded 1998
Headquarters Jakarta
Ideology Islam[1]
Ballot number 14
Presidential candidate Yusril Ihza Mahendra

The Crescent Star Party (Indonesian: Partai Bulan Bintang) is a political party in Indonesia.


The party's origins go back to the banning of the Masyumi Party by President Sukarno in 1960. After the ban, supporters and followers of the party established the Crescent Star Family (Keluarga Bulan Bintang) to continue to press for the implementation of Sharia law and Islamic teaching in Indonesia. Following the fall of Sukarno and the transition to the New Order, members of the organization wanted to revive the Masyumi Party, but this was not allowed by the new regime. In the 1970s, in a meeting in Malang, a new party called Parmusi (Partai Muslimin Indonesia, Muslim Party of Indonesia) was formed. It came fourth in the 1971 elections. In 1973, the party was forced to merge with other Islamic parties into the United Development Party. With the fall of Suharto in 1998, supporters of Masyumi decided to establish a new party. The original plan was to use Masyumi name again, but after consideration, they settled on the Crescent Star Party. The party's first leader was Yusril Ihza Mahendra, a lawyer and speechwriter to President Suharto.[2]

Electoral record[edit]

The party stood in the 1999 elections, winning 1.9% of the vote and 13 seats in the People's Representative Council. Yusril was appointed justice and law minister. In mid-2000 internal conflict broke out in the party over Yusril's acceptance of financial assistance from former president Jusuf Habibie. It ended with party member Hartono Mardjono establishing a rival Crescent Star Party. After losing a court case, Hartono then established he Indonesian Islamic Party (Partai Islam Indonesia), but this failed to qualify for the 2004 elections. In these elections, the Crescent Star Party won 2.6% of the popular vote and 11 seats. Yusril was later replaced by Malem Sambat Kaban.[3][4] In the 2009 legislative election, the party won 1.8 percent of the votes, less than the 2.5 percent electoral threshold, meaning it lost all its seats in the People's Representative Council.[5][6]

Party platform[edit]

The party wants to realize an Islamic way of life. Its mission is to build a society and nation that is developed, highly independent in nature, intelligent, just, democratic and that will play a role in bringing about world peace based on the values of Islam.[1]


  1. ^ a b Sejarah Singkat (Short History") PBB website, retrieved 13 April 2014 
  2. ^ Partai-Partai Politik Indonesia: Ideologi dan Program 2004-2009 (Indonesian Political Parties: Ideologies and Programs 2004-2009 Kompas (1999) ISBN 979-709-121-X pp53-55
  3. ^ Partai-Partai Politik Indonesia: Ideologi dan Program 2004-2009 (Indonesian Political Parties: Ideologies and Programs 2004-2009 Kompas (1999) ISBN 979-709-121-X pp164-166
  4. ^ Profil Partai Politik (Profile of Political Parties), Kompas newspaper 14 July 2008 pp. 52-56
  5. ^ Indonesian General Election Commission website Official Election Results
  6. ^ The Jakarta Post 10 May 2009 Democratic Party controls 26% of parliamentary seats