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The government has been approaching the ulama from the camp opposing President Joko Widodo. Reportedly, the police and the National Intelligence Agency have been doing some of the lobbying. Some ulama who supported the 212 movement are now switching sides.
MA’RUF Amin was among the ulama (Islamic scholars) who denounced a statement by former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama back in September 2016 in which he cited Chapter 5, Verse 51 of the Qur’an.
Prabowo Subianto is working with the 212 Alumni Brotherhood as part of his political coalition. He is planning an election win together with Rizieq Syihab.
The results of a poll done by Poltracking last February indicated that religion is still a major factor for voters when it comes to choosing a presidential candidate.