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Blasphemy, treason and democracy: Jakarta goes to the polls - Pursuit

Indonesia is a genuine democracy incorporating open society and religious and ethnic pluralism. Its national motto even translates as 'Unity in Diversity”. For decades, it has advertised itself to the world as a shining example that Islam and democracy ...and more »

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 »

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 »

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. Wed 19 Apr 2017 08.02 EDT Last modified on Mon 27 Nov 2017 20.48 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on ...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 »

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

It was in 2004, as a PhD student in political science at Northern Illinois University, that Anies Baswedan would ponder the future interplay between Islam and Indonesia. In his paper, “political Islam in Indonesia, present and future trajectory ...and more »

Does the Quran Forbid Electing Christians? - The Atlantic

In early April, a huge demonstration gripped Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and one of the most populous Muslim cities in the world. Tens of thousands of white-robed protesters turned out to the center of the city, calling for the impeachment of ...and more »

How fake news and hoaxes have tried to derail Jakarta's election - BBC News

In Indonesia, the rise of fake news, hoaxes, and misleading information online has cast a pall over an already bitterly divided election in the capital, Jakarta. BBC Indonesian's Christine Franciska looks at why activists are describing this as a dark ...and more »

Jakarta governor concedes election after divisive campaign - CNN

(CNN) Jakarta Gov. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has conceded his loss in his re-election bid, bringing to an end what one newspaper called Indonesia's "dirtiest, most polarizing" campaign. His defeat Wednesday will likely be seen as a victory for the ...and more »