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Lawmaker Victor Laiskodat in firing line after saying four opposition parties want to establish a caliphate

Indonesian Muslims accuse Christian lawmaker of blasphemy

Christian lawmaker Viktor Laiskodat has incensed hard-line Islamists who have accused him of blasphemy. (Photo supplied)

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
Indonesia

August 11, 2017

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A Christian politician has landed himself in hot water among Muslims after accusing Indonesian opposition parties of wanting to establish a caliphate.

The case bears similarities to that of Jakarta's former Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja "Ahok" Purnama, who was jailed earlier this year after making a campaign speech, which Muslims deemed blasphemous.

Lawmaker Victor Laiskodat from the pro-government National Democrat (Nasdem) provoked the wrath of hardliners following a speech in Christian majority East Nusa Tenggara province on Aug. 1. Video footage of the speech soon went viral on social media.

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