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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 »

Majority has spoken in election of new Jakarta governor - The Straits Times

JAKARTA - The majority has spoken in choosing a new governor for Indonesia's capital who is almost the complete opposite of the incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his Hakka nickname Ahok. On Wednesday (April 19), Basuki lost at the polls ...and more »

Jakarta election a turning point for Indonesia - Deutsche Welle

The Indonesian capital's sitting Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, has conceded defeat in an election seen as a test for pluralism in the world's largest Muslim country. Christina Schott reports from Jakarta. Indonesien Jakarta Wahlen ...and more »

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

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

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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 »

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. Kate Lamb in Jakarta. Fri 14 Apr 2017 20.22 EDT Last modified on Fri 14 Apr 2017 20.23 EDT ...and more »

Does the Quran Forbid Electing Christians? - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. 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 ...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 »

'Dirty' Jakarta election looms as religious politics resurface - Religion News Service

An election official prepares ballot boxes before distributing them to polling stations on April 18, 2017, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Beawiharta/Reuters. JAKARTA (Reuters) Luar Batang is one of the Indonesian capital's oldest neighborhoods ...and more »