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Jakarta election challenger Anies accused of courting Islamic vote amid religious divide - The Guardian

Christian governor Ahok used to enjoy a 70% approval rating but then came his blasphemy trial for allegedly insulting Islam. Now the vote is too close to call. Muslim protesters shout slogans during a rally outside court during the blasphemy trial of ...and more »

Prabowo Expresses Gratitude to FPI Leader for 'Saving Indonesia's Democracy' - Jakarta Globe

Prabowo Subianto, and Anies Baswedan speak at a press conference on Wednesday (19/04), after declaring electoral victory for Anies and his running mate Sandiaga Uno in Jakarta's gubernatorial race. (Antara Photo/Dedi Wijaya). By : Hotman Siregar | on 8 ...and more »

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

Ahok's defeat says less about the rise of Islamism and more about the strength of entrenched political interests. By Nithin Coca for The Diplomat. April 21, 2017. In the end, it wasn't even close. The much anticipated second round election for Jakarta ...and more »

In Indonesia, a Victory for Prejudice - U.S. News & World Report

Indonesian youths march through their neighborhood with an Islamic flag after quick count results showed their favored candidate decisively ahead of the incumbent on Wednesday in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Ed Wray/Getty Images). By Alexander R Arifianto. The ...and more »

Religion, power and politics in Indonesia - BBC News

A former minister has won the race for Jakarta governor after a divisive campaign that has tested Indonesia's multi-faith society. As BBC Indonesian's Rebecca Henschke in Jakarta reports, it's being viewed as a win for sectarian politics. Although ...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 »

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 »

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

Anies Baswedan, centre right, hugs his running mate Sandiaga Uno after winning the election. Photograph: Tatan Syuflana/AP. Indonesia. Muslim candidate beats Christian in divisive Jakarta governor vote. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama concedes defeat to Anies ...and more »

Religious tensions of Jakarta election mark new page in Indonesia politics - RFI

media Basuki Purnama, the ethnic Chinese Christian governor of Jakarta commonly known as Ahok, was voted out of office Wednesday with polls showing 55 to 60 percent of votes for his Muslim challenger, former education minister Anies Baswedan. REUTERS ...and more »

Does policy performance trump identity in Indonesia? - East Asia Forum

When the rule of strongman Suharto gave way to democracy in 1998, many worried that such a tremendously diverse society as Indonesia's could not be contained within the bounds of a decentralised, competitive democracy. Indonesians have largely proven ...and more »