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Jokowi not trying to promote secularism in Indonesia: Party official - TODAYonline

Jokowi not trying to promote secularism in Indonesia: Party official - TODAYonline

JAKARTA — Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was not trying to promote secularism when he urged the people to separate politics and religion last week, a leading lawmaker of the president’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has said. Mr Widodo had warned last Friday that politics and religion should be “well separated so that people could differentiate between matters in these two areas”. “There should be no friction (between people of different races and religions). Don’t insult others with racial and religious abuse,” he added. Related News World Islamic body accuses Jokowi of promoting secularism March 28 Mr Widodo’s statement has received a backlash from critics, with the country’s influential Indonesian Ulema Council dismissing the president’s remarks as promoting Western values that they consider anathema to the world’s most populous Muslim natio...

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