November 18, 2020


INDONESIA: The return of a controversial Islamic cleric could change politics

BY Bob Herrera-Lim

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( 5 mins) The firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab could fill the political vacuum in the opposition. Often masking his messages in sanctimonious moralism, Shihab is adept at exploiting social and religious tensions to drive political polarization. Calculations around the 2024 presidential elections could change if his organization, FPI, succeeds in galvanizing opposition to the government. The controversial cleric […]

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