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Jokowi’s VP choice could boost Islamic credentials

  • Suherdjoko and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 16 2018   /  12:20 am

Having been accused of being anti-Islamic by his detractors, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo may be forced to pick a running mate that can improve his image and electability among Muslim communities ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

Jokowi has been a target of religion-related allegations, including rumors about having a non-Muslim lineage and pro-secular stance, since he first campaigned for president in 2014.

United Development Party (PPP) chairman Romahurmuziy sought to address this problem at the party’s Ulema National Working Meeting (Munas) in Semarang, Central Java, on Friday.

“Pak Jokowi is still often portrayed as a leader who is pro-China, communist and anti-Islam,” he said. “What matters now is how we can counter such hate speech and give support [to Jokowi].”

As one of the party’s that has declared support for Jokowi’s re...