INDONESIA - CELEBRITY Julia Perez is causing a "headache" for Parti Demokrat under the leadership of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono because of her intention to enter politics, reports Utusan Malaysia.
The story quoted The Jakarta Post as saying that the party had yet to make a decision whether to accept or decline Julia's attempt to contest in the election as a running mate of Susilo's niece, Nur Cahyo, in the president's birthplace, Pacitan.
"We are still considering and no decision has been made so far.
"The chances to get the party's support is 50-50," said Demokrat deputy chairman, Achmad Mubarok.
Achmad also said that the issue had caused a split in the party, with several leaders doubting the abilities of Nur Cahyo and Julia.
"Nur Cahyo is unconvincing.
"As for Julia, we need to take into consideration the controversies arising from her nomination," explained Achmad.
Julia (real name Yulia Rachmawati) and several female celebrities recently came to attention when the Interior Ministry last week announced that it would bar candidates seen to have moral problems from contesting.
Julia however received support from Parti Hati Nurani Rakyat (Hanura), whose chairman Wiranto confirmed her application and said that she had to go through stringent scrutiny just like other candidates.
"Julia has registered as a candidate with Hanura and will undergo a selection process," said Wiranto.
He also said that among Hanura's criteria of selection were the popularity, intellect, skills and moral values of the candidates.