Indonesian President Joko Widodo with his running mate, Islamic scholar Ma’ruf Amin. Photo: EPA
Karim Raslan
Opinion

Opinion

Ceritalah by Karim Raslan

Key to East Java: How tradition, Nusantara Islam and the religious grass roots helped secure Joko Widodo’s win in Indonesia

  • Early results indicate the incumbent president increased his vote share in the north and east of the world’s most populous island
  • A decisive factor in this dramatic outcome was his courtship of a huge and amorphous Islamic organisation known as Nahdlatul Ulama

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo with his running mate, Islamic scholar Ma’ruf Amin. Photo: EPA
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