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The Fall of Ahok and Indonesia's Future - The Diplomat

In the end, it wasn't even close. The much anticipated second round election for Jakarta's governorship was a dud, with challenger Anies Baswedan easily outperforming pre-election polls and soundly defeating incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama by ...and more »

'Light' sentence sought for Ahok over alleged blasphemy - Aljazeera.com

Jakarta's Christian governor may escape jail for alleged blasphemy after prosecutors recommended probation, a day after he lost an election to remain governor. The recommendation on Thursday of two years' probation in the trial of Basuki Tjahaja ...and more »

Governor Ahok concedes Jakarta election to Baswedan - Aljazeera.com

Jakarta's incumbent Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has conceded defeat in the race to become the city's new governor after unofficial results showed former Indonesian education minister taking the polls. So-called quick counts by 10 research ...and more »

Up In Arms in Jakarta - U.S. News & World Report

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The scene last week here in Indonesia's capital was surprisingly cordial. Officials for Nahdlatul Ulama, the country's largest Muslim organization, opened their doors and warmly greeted Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, the capital ...and more »

Will Jakarta's new governor stand firm against hardline religious groups? - The Conversation AU

Voters in Indonesia's capital have chosen a former cabinet minister who sought the support of hardline Muslims opposing his contender – who is embroiled in a blasphemy case – as their new governor. Anies Baswedan, who ran in the Jakarta gubernatorial ...and more »

Jakarta governor election results in a victory for prejudice over pluralism - The Conversation AU

The long, divisive campaign for governorship of Indonesia's capital city Jakarta is finally over, with unofficial results showing a decisive victory for the challenger Anies Baswedan over the controversial incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama ...and more »

Conservative Islam Has Scored a Disquieting Victory in Indonesia's Normally Secular Politics - TIME

On Wednesday evening, hours after early counting revealed his electoral victory, the new governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, celebrated his victory at Istiqlal, the Indonesian capital's biggest mosque. He was welcomed by Rizieq Shihab, the leader of ...and more »

Muslim candidate beats Christian in divisive Jakarta governor vote - The Guardian

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama concedes defeat to Anies Baswedan after campaign in which religious and ethnic tensions were key. Kate Lamb in Jakarta. @_KateLamb. Wed 19 Apr 2017 08.02 EDT Last modified on Mon 27 Nov 2017 20.48 EST. Share on ...and more »

Jakarta governor likely to be spared jail if found guilty of insulting Islam - The Guardian

Indonesian prosecutors call for two years' probation for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, instead of maximum five-year prison term. Kate Lamb in Jakarta. @_KateLamb. Thu 20 Apr 2017 03.39 EDT Last modified on Fri 21 Apr 2017 04.34 EDT. Share on Facebook ...and more »

Christian governor ousted in Jakarta election - Financial Times

The embattled Christian governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta is set to lose power after voters opted for his rival in a city election on Wednesday, a result seen as a victory for conservative Islamists and a defeat for pluralism in the world's ...and more »