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Jakarta Post

NU at peak of powers after backing the right horse

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 14, 2019   /  09:26 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center, right) attends the 73rd anniversary celebration of Muslimat NU, the women’s wing of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), in Jakarta recently. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Islamic mass organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) has had a major influence on politics and government since its founding in 1926, but the results of the 2019 presidential election might have put it in a stronger position of power than ever before. NU, which claims to have over 60 million members, making it the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia, publicly backed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection bid, and managed to place senior NU cleric Ma’ruf Amin in the hotly contested vice-presidential slot. With Jokowi all but certain to secure a second term, experts and analysts predict that the organization is set to dominate the political scene more than it ever has before. “It looks like NU’s decision to back Jokowi has paid off,” Indonesia Political Review executive director Ujang Komarudin told The Jakarta Post on Monday. While...