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Future of Islam Defenders Front in Jokowi's hands

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 31, 2019   /  03:32 pm
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Islam Defenders Front (FPI) supporters march toward the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta to support their leader, Rizieq Shihab.(kompas.com/Akhdi Martin Pratama)

The future of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), a hard-line group notorious for its track record of religion-related violence, appears to be in limbo after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hinted at the possibility of refusing to extend the group's mass organization permit. Known as one of Jokowi’s staunchest critics, the FPI has been facing legal uncertainty after its mass organization permit expired last month, with ongoing efforts to request an extension being scrutinized by the government and members of the public. In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press published Saturday, Jokowi said that as he did not have political burdens in his second and final term, he would make decisions that would have previously been “impossible” over the next five years. Though his administration expressed a willingness to work with Islamist groups, Joko...