Widodo smiles upon arrival for a meeting with leaders of his coalition parties in Jakarta, April 18, 2019. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)
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Two months before this week's presidential election in Indonesia, prize-winning novelist Eka Kurniawan declared in an opinion column that "the Islamists have already won".Widodo's commitment to pluralism in the world's largest Muslim-majority country may have narrowly won him the race.While nearly 90 percent of Indonesians are Muslim, the country is officially secular and is home to sizeable Hindu, Christian, Buddhist and other minorities.Some fear Indonesia's tradition of religious tolerance is now at risk, however, as conservative interpretations of Islam become more popular. Nonetheless, Amin helped in the eyes of some voters to remove any doubt about Widodo's commitment to Islam and neutralize the overall threat to Indonesia's official secularity from groups gunning for an Islamic state.Hardline groups that were once on the fringes of Indonesian politics, most notably the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), have increasingly muscled their way into the mainstream and arguably provide a political voice for conservative Indonesian Muslims.For prominent moderate Muslim figure and Widodo campaign adviser Yenny Wahid, the election nonetheless represents a victory for moderate Islam.
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