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New Indonesian vice president's Islamist agenda draws scrutiny

Ma'ruf Amin is revered by many but criticized by rights groups

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received a letter in mid-August, urging him to support the swift passage of a controversial criminal code bill that would outlaw acts including extramarital and gay sex.

"God willing, the Criminal Code will be an historical landmark recorded in golden ink as one of the biggest achievements of President Joko Widodo, after several periods of governments never able to finalize the revision," the letter read.

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