Indonesian president vows to fight 'radicalism'

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he's determined to "prevent the growth of radicalism" after reports that Muslim conservatives are planning protests to destabilise his government.

Officials say there has been mounting alarm in the government since more than 100,000 people - led by a group called the Islamic Defenders Front - took to the streets of Jakarta on November 4 to demand the removal of the capital's governor - a Christian - for alleged blasphemy.

The president held talks with a senior coalition partner on Tuesday, the latest in a series of meetings with top political, religious, and military officials to signal the unity of his government and support from the security establishment.

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