Sharia-based laws have been passed in more than half of Indonesiaâ€™s provinces with support for such Islamic laws expected to grow as the country heads towards its presidential election in July.
More than 50 regencies in 16 of the 32 provinces in Indonesia have passed laws linked to sharia, or Islamic religious law, according to persecution watchdog group Compass Direct News. A regency in Indonesia is one step lower in terms of administrative division than the provincial government.
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