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The religious votes that could make the difference in Indonesia and Malaysia

Last update: 2018-03-14 10:07:40

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Indonesia and Malaysia have political contests coming - and religious votes could make the difference. Political Islam will be a big factor in upcoming elections in Malaysia and Indonesia. Candidates are aligning with fundamentalist parties in order to win over conservative voters (Cnbc).