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Indonesia's conservative Islam regains clout ahead of elections

Religious intolerance lurks as world's largest Muslim population turns inward

Tens of thousands of Indonesian Muslims commemorate the 2016 protests targeting the city's former governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian, in Jakarta on Dec. 2.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Religious intolerance is on the rise in Indonesia as conservative Muslims regain political clout ahead of general elections scheduled for April, a sign that the country is re-examining its Islamic foundations.

Singaporean online retailer Shopee's huge marketing campaign to break into the Indonesian market is backfiring, as its television commercial featuring the popular South Korean girl group Blackpink was slapped with a ban from a local watchdog due to "indecent" content.

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