The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has invited leaders from Islamic organizations the Indonesia Ulema Council, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah to meet with him at the State Palace on Tuesday morning.
According to a copy of the invitation from the state secretary, the meeting was scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Muhammadiyah youth wing chairman Dahnil Anzar confirmed the meeting. “Pak Haedar Nashir [Muhammadiyah chairman] and I will attend the meeting,” Dahnil was quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.
Dahnil said the invitation did not detail the meeting's agenda. He assumed the meeting was related to a rally involving Islamic mass organizations set to be held on Nov. 4, in which they will demand immediate legal action against Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for alleged blasphemous remarks.
The country’s two-largest Muslim organizations, Muhammadiyah and NU, have stated that they do not support a rally slated for Friday, which is expected to draw hundreds of Islamic hard-liners. The announcement was seen as a bid to ease tensions after circulating information suggesting the rally could turn violent.
On Monday, Jokowi also visited Prabowo, his former rival in the 2014 presidential election and leader of the opposition camp, to ask him to join in on calling on political groups to ease tensions ahead of the Nov. 4 rally.(dmr)
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