President Joko Widodo says Islam in Indonesia is ‘tolerant’ as rights groups warn of rising fundamentalism
By Anna Coren, Jane Sit and Helen Regan
“I still believe that Islam in Indonesia is a tolerant and moderate Islam. Islam in Indonesia is modern, it is forward thinking,” said the leader, who is popularly known as Jokowi — a nickname he said was given to him by a French businessman while he was working as a furniture salesman.
In his second term as leader, Joko faces an uphill battle of uniting the world’s most populous Muslim nation, and fighting what he calls “hoaxes and fake news that influenced the mind of the people.”
“We now have to restore the situation and work together to build this country,” he said, at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta.