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Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf and NU factor

  • Azis Anwar Fachrudin
    Azis Anwar Fachrudin

    Holds an MA degree from the Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies (CRCS) of Gadjah Mada University

Yogyakarta   /   Sat, May 18, 2019   /  11:33 am
Ma’ruf and NU factor President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (far left) delivers a speech during the national meeting (munas) of the Nahdlatul Ulama clerics at Miftahul Huda Al-Azhar Islamic boarding school in Citangkolo, Banjar, West Java on Feb. 27 (Antara/Adeng Bustomi)

Ahmad Najib Burhani’s piece in The Jakarta Post (May 9) on the Ma’ruf Amin factor in Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection made two points worth reexamining: that Ma’ruf failed “to boost Jokowi’s electability in Muslim majority regions”, and that Jokowi’s tight alliance with a particular religious group, in this case Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is prone to slipping into “practicing favoritism or even authoritarianism”. The former demands critical reviewing, while the latter needs caveats. Najib’s first point was in response to claims that Ma’ruf was appointed as Jokowi’s vice-presidential candidate to shield the incumbent against sectarian attacks and to mobilize support from NU members. Najib’s refutation of these claims were a bit surprising, given that he himself, in his past commentary ...

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