Indonesia rolls out measure to curb radical groups

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-12 16:37:53|Editor: Song Lifang
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JAKARTA, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian government has boosted efforts to prevent radicalism from operating in the archipelagic nation following a spate of suicide bombings.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has inked a decree which gives the government the power to terminate activities of the radical groups.

Chief Security Minister Wiranto on Wednesday announced the measure, saying that the new decree allows the state institutions which issue a license for the establishment of the radical organizations to lift the permit.

"Under the new decree, the institutions issuing the license and legalizing the establishment of an organization are given the right to revoke the license when the organization violates rules stipulated in the permit," he said.

Minister Wiranto said the decree is aimed at upholding the unity of Indonesia as a nation rather than discrediting Islamic groups.

He revealed that President Widodo signed the decree on Monday.

Military Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo has said that the presence of IS cells is found in almost every province in the country in the form of clandestine "sleeper cells."