Arroyo seeks quick Lakas-Kampi merger

CLARK FIELD, PAMPANGA—Officials of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats political party on Thursday agreed on a merger with the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi), laying the groundwork for the “key to the victory of the administration” in the 2010 elections.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo named Gabriel Claudio, her adviser on political affairs, as the chair of the national consolidation and unification committee during a caucus here. She said she wanted the merged party to “face the electoral challenge of 2010 with righteousness and confidence.”

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