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Economic nationalism eclipses Islam as key Indonesian election issue

Surprise running mate choices change presidential campaign outlook

| Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has given food for thought for those observers focused on the risk that the Muslim-majority country hitherto proud of its largely secular democracy is becoming more Islamist.

They point to the fact that in choosing a running mate in August for next April's presidential election, Widodo made the surprise selection of the 75-year-old conservative Muslim cleric, Ma'ruf Amin, as his vice presidential candidate.

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