Indonesia: Jokowi chooses hardline cleric as running mate

Indonesia: Jokowi chooses hardline cleric as running mate. By Amanda Hodge.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen a powerful Muslim cleric, Ma’ruf Amin, as his running mate for next April’s election in open acknowledgment of the electoral spoiling power of Islamic conservatives.

The shock pick of the cleric who issued the blasphemy fatwa that helped jail former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama threw many who had expected Jokowi to choose a more moderate candidate …

Australian National University Indonesian politics professor … Marcus Mietzner said he suspected Mr Ma’ruf was a “major political defeat” for Jokowi, noting he “introduced Ma’ruf at the declaration with the enthusiasm of an undertaker who reads out the CV of the deceased”.

Nothing the Australian transgender army couldn’t handle.

hat-tip Stephen Neil