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Nahdlatul Ulama, non-Muslim voters held ‘key role’ in Jokowi’s win

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 24, 2019   /  01:55 pm
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center, right) attends the 73th anniversary celebration of Muslimat NU, the women’s wing of Nahdlatul Ulama, in Jakarta. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

The country’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), and non-Muslim communities played a crucial role in helping President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin win the April 17 presidential election, analysts have said. “One of the keys for Jokowi’s and Ma’ruf’s win was the non-Muslim factor – 97 percent of non-Muslim citizens voted for Jokowi,” Indikator Politik Indonesia researcher Burhanuddin Muhtadi said during a discussion on Friday, quoting the results of an exit poll conducted by the pollster. However, Burhanuddin said it was the NU’s role in getting Muslims to vote that was crucial in Jokowi’s reelection as, by appointing Ma’ruf, an NU leader, as his running mate, Jokowi had essentially cemented a permanent pact with the organization.     “Of all ...