Widodo Announces His Running Mate

Widodo and Amin meet supporters in Jakarta Indonesia

Since 2015, Ma'ruf, 75, has been serving as the chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).

Ahok lost the Jakarta gubernatorial election to a Muslim candidate, Anies Baswedan, and was later sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy.

The president has been criticized by conservative Muslims for issuing a decree past year paving the way for the disbanding of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, the local branch of an global Islamic organization seeking the establishment of a caliphate through peaceful means.

Incumbent president-cum-presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said that what the government has done is evident throughout the past four years, and not fiction.

The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) last month said that Jokowi's electability remains as high as 58.2 percent.

According to the Jakarta Post, Ma'ruf now chairs the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Indonesia's highest Muslim clerical body that oversees all registered Muslim organisations such as the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Muhammadiyah and the Islamic Union (Persis). "I think we complement each other, nationalists and religious".

"He issued fatwas condemning religious and gender minorities like the Ahmadiyah and LGBT individuals at a time they were subject to violent assaults", he said.

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The MUI was also pivotal to several controversial regulations including the country's anti-Pornography law, which has to date blocked out 70,000 "negative" websites, and the 2013 decree banning the Ahmadiyah Muslim religious sect.

Prabowo (left) and Sandiaga Uno announce their bid in the 2019 presidential elections.

The Democatic Party of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is opposed to the choice of Sandiaga and said it would make a decision Friday on whether to support the pair.

It is widely believed that the Democrats wanted Prabowo to pick Yudhoyono's son, US -educated retired army major Agus Harimurti, as his running mate.

Arief had earlier tweeted a stream of derogatory comments about Prabowo.

A total of 904 athletes were present to represent the whole Indonesian contingent who will compete in the 18th Asian Games which will take place in Jakarta and Palembang, capital of South Sumatra province, from Aug 18 to Sept 2. "We want to be dedicated so that there will be no more hungry people, no more poor people in Indonesia and justice must be felt by all Indonesian people", he said. Uno has roots in Gorontalo in Sulawesi.

Many Indonesians from outside Java resent Java's political and economic dominance.

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